Trending: Where The Taxes Are High

taxesHere in Connecticut, the average resident pays $4,294.73 dollars in state taxes every year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, making the Nutmeg State the fifth highest tax-collecter per person in the country.

I know what you’re thinking. “$4,300? Please. I cough up way more than that.”

You probably do, because these rates were figured out by taking the total tax revenue and dividing it by the actual number of residents calculated in each state in 2012. So that includes everyone from your 8-month-old baby who has never bought a darn thing in his life to the guy two apartments over who is single-handedly funding the cigarette tax pot.

In total, the amount of money Connecticut collects in taxes doesn’t hold a candle to many states around the country. With $15.4 billion collected in 2012, including income taxes, cigarette taxes, amusement park license taxes and everything in between, the state has the 18th highest total tax revenue. But when you factor in the small amount of residents here to carry the load (Connecticut is the 30th largest state, as of the 2012 count), it makes a difference.

Take California for instance. It collects way more taxes than any other state — $112.4 billion in 2012, to be exact — but as the largest state in the nation, with roughly 10 times as many residents as Connecticut, it actually works out so residents of the state pay less than we do here in Connecticut. At $2,953.94 per resident, those West Coasters only pay 69 percent as much as we shell out here, according to an analysis of census figures.

Across the states, there’s a significant amount of clustering. More than half of the 50 states have an average pay rate between $2,000 and $3,000 per residents. Six states are between $3,000 and $4,000, while three are between $4,000 and $5,000.


Categories: General
Maggie Gordon

4 Responses

  1. Ken Burke says:

    I live in WY where we pay no State income tax and sales tax is 5 to 6% depending on your county. We do collect a lot of taxes from the oil,natural gas,coal and now wind power we sell.

  2. Mr. Mr says:

    Dr. is 100% correct

  3. DS says:

    Pretty simple.. States with less populations will pay more per person.. Also, people that dont pay any taxes drive the average $ down. Id like to see what the percentage of people actually pay taxes (not including sales tax) and what the average for that group. I bet CT is probably ranked 1 or 2

  4. Mike G says:

    You might reconsider the data in this blog post. Alaska actually has the lowest personal tax burden in the country. I suspect you are mixing in license fees paid on oil rights, and those are NOT paid by the citizens. (I believe citizens there may actually receive distributions from those fees, and tuition help too). Wyoming is also very low tax and resource rich, and I suspect North Dakota is too. Here’s a better list:; you can sort it by tax burden. (I am in the process of moving out of CT for TN, trading the third highest for the third lowest burden. Taxes and cost of living figured quite prominently in our decision to move.) Anyway, I always read and enjoy your blog; In this case, however, I think it would be wise to re-examine your data; many others (though apparently not the editors of the Advocate) will know Alaska is actually best, not worst, in the union.