HONOLULU, Hawaii — Which state has the highest property tax bill per capita?
Hawaii, where the average homeowner pays $2,000 per year in property tax, tops the list with an average of $4,000.
But it’s not just Hawaii that’s paying the highest tax rates, according to data compiled by the state’s Department of Revenue.
Property taxes in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and California were among the states with the highest, and Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut also had the highest rate per capita.
Property tax revenue in Alaska, New Mexico and Vermont was among the lowest in the country.
Overall, Hawaii had the second-highest rate per household for a third consecutive year.
But Honolulu was the second state to average more than $4 million per year, following Alaska.
Hawaii is also the only state to report the property tax payments per household.
Hawaii had a $1,000-per-person average property tax in 2016.
Property owners pay about $4.4 billion annually in property and sales taxes, according the Department of Finance.
Hawaii’s property tax revenue per capita was $5,921, a number that rose 0.1% to $5.6 billion.
That’s about $2.6 million higher than the state was paying in property-tax revenue per person in 2015, and $4 for every $1 that Hawaii taxpayers were paying.
In other words, the state is collecting more money than it’s paying in taxes.
In fact, Hawaii’s tax revenue has been increasing steadily, increasing from about $10.5 billion in 2014 to about $13.2 billion in 2020, according a 2015 study by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The study estimated that Hawaii’s average property taxes are about $11,000 for a family of four.
Honolulu property taxes were $3,700 per household, or about $12,000 more than the statewide average.