Here 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.