States With Highest, Lowest Property Tax Delinquencies

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Real estate property taxes are critical funding sources for local, state, and federal budgets. The pandemic continues to impact the country, but the average rate of property tax delinquency improved in 2021, falling to 5.9%, according to a new report from CoreLogic, which analyzes national and state real estate property tax delinquency levels spanning from 2011 to 2021.

Still, some areas of the country are seeing an increase in delinquency. “Increases and decreases in tax payment delinquency rates are often early indicators of further economic change,” researchers note.

The states with the highest average property tax delinquency rates in 2021 were:

  • Mississippi: 15.6%
  • Delaware: 14.5%
  • Virginia: 10.5%
  • New Jersey and Massachusetts (tied): 10.2%
  • Washington, D.C.: 10.1%
On the other hand, the states with the lowest average property tax delinquency rates in 2021 were:
  • North Dakota: 1.2%
  • Minnesota: 1.3%
  • Wisconsin: 1.5%
  • Illinois: 1.8%
  • Utah: 2.2%
A map of the U.S. on a gradient color scale showing the average property tax delinquency rate by state.