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Old 02-03-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Northeast states
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#10 Boston, MA
The city of Boston is known as an intellectual center. It is home to many public and private colleges. The 617,594 residents that call Boston home enjoy both the coastal climate and the sharp variances between the seasons.

10.5% is the percentage of their income that a family of three likely spent on various state and local taxes (including sales tax) in 2010. That total tax bill comes to $5,266.


# 8 Los Angeles, CA
The City of Angels is known worldwide as a major economic and cultural center. The nearly 3.8 million residents who live in Los Angeles also enjoy a subtropical climate.

Taxes are high in Los Angeles, though. Last year an average family of three paid $5,409 in various state and local taxes, or 10.8% of their total income.

#7 Providence, RI
The city of Providence was one of the first industrialized cities in the United States. Today, it is still one of the largest manufacturing centers for jewelry and silverware. In 2010, 178,042 people lived within the city of Providence.

Residents of Providence face fairly high local and state taxes. In 2010, a family of three paid over $5,600, or 11.3% of their annual income, in taxes.

#6 Columbus, OH
This city is the capital of Ohio, named by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the best places to raise a family in 2009. It is also home to 14 colleges and universities, both public and private. 787,033 people lived here in 2010.

In 2010, an average family of three paid close to $5,800 in state and local taxes. That would be 11.6% of their annual income.

# 5 Newark, NJ
Over 270,000 people call Newark home. Newark was once a hub of manufacturing and industry. Today, it is undergoing a renaissance. Recently, Newark’s hockey team, the New Jersey Devils, got a new stadium. Other renovations, such as an upgrade to the library, are planned.

A family of three likely spent 11.9% of their income, or $5,957, in state and local taxes in 2010.

#4 Detroit, MI
The automotive industry and Motown put this city on the map. The city of Detroit has a population 713,777 according to 2010 census figures.

Detroit taxpayers also pay a significant portion of their income in state and local taxes. In 2010, a family of three earning probably paid close to $6,000 ($5,960), or 11.9% of their income, in taxes.

#3 Louisville, KY
Louisville is famed for its many beautiful parks. The city was founded in 1778, just two years after the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. In 2010, the Louisville area was home to 741,096 people.

Unfortunately, in 2010 Louisville taxpayers also enjoyed one of the highest state and local tax burdens in the nation. A typical family of three likely spent 12.6% of their income on state and local taxes. That is over $6,000.

#2 Philadelphia, PA
Besides being known for its part in the nation’s history including being the home of the Liberty Bell and Ben Franklin, Philadelphia was home to over 1.5 million people in 2010. It is one of the earliest U.S. cities, with a founding date of 1701.

In addition to its rich history, taxpayers in Philadelphia also enjoy one of the highest tax burdens in the nation. In 2010, a typical family of three would have paid $6,928, or nearly 14% of their income in various state and local taxes.

#1 Bridgeport, CT
This city has the highest population of any city in the state of Connecticut, with approximately 144,229 people. The city is located along the Long Island Sound and is one of the outlying suburbs of New York City.

While it may not be the largest city in the United States, citizens here have the highest tax burden compared to other major metropolitan areas. In 2010, an average family three likely paid 21.4% of the income, or $10,708 in various state and local taxes.

Of course, the news is not all bad for residents of these states. Some state and local taxes can be deducted from federal taxes.


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Old 02-03-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I believe Hartford has higher property taxes than Bridgeport?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: NJ
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No surprise. Bridgeport shares the common denominator as most on the list; tons of mfg in the past led to a Grand List basis that was unsustainable, but the city built its budget around that level. The Grand List rightsized, the budget did not, and volla, remaining residents get hammered.

Most of that list fell into that same nasty pattern. Truthfully, the errors were made 40 years ago in allowing the city budget to explode. The big Grand List should simply have led to amongst the nation's lowest tax rates at that time.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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I noticed #9 is missing from the list, is it NYC? I"m surprised they wouldn't be in the top 10.....
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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I noticed #9 is missing from the list, is it NYC? I"m surprised they wouldn't be in the top 10.....
#9 Milwaukee, WI
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Sighhhh... I am not sure where this stuff comes from but I find it hard to believe that people in Bridgeport are paying more of their income than New York City. Jay
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: In a house
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So - you take that chart, and apply it to tenants (not homeowners), and you'll see that Bridgeport's tax is marginal, compared with - for instance - Philadelphia PA, which "enjoys" over $3000 per year just in income tax alone.

Now figure out how many residents of Bridgeport are homeowners, compared with how many are tenants. And since you're doing a per capita comparison, remember to do it per capita - not per dwelling.

My guess is that this total will be significantly different from what you're posting here.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Default Yahoo American Cities with the Highest (and Lowest) Taxes

Cities with the Highest Tax Burdens
10. Baltimore, Md.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $2,703 (13th lowest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $17,134 (6th highest)
Unemployment rate: 9.9% (10th highest)
Baltimore has one of the highest income tax burdens of all the cities. In 2011, a family of three earning $50,000 would have paid $1,818 in income taxes, the ninth highest burden of all largest cities. For a family earning $100,000, the income tax burden was $5,511, the sixth highest. In addition, property taxes in the city were higher than most other largest cities, especially for higher-income families. It is also the largest property tax in the state. According to The Baltimore Sun, mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has expressed interest in lowering the city's property tax rate to make it more competitive.

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9. Detroit, Mich.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,270 (17th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $15,522 (10th highest)
Unemployment rate: 18.2% (the highest)
Detroit residents have among the highest tax burdens of all cities, but it is especially high for those with higher incomes. For families of three earning over $75,000, Detroit's income taxes are among the top five of all the cities reviewed. The high tax burden on its residents has not translated into a healthy economy Detroit's finances are still in havoc. A state review found that the city has more than $14 billion in long-term liabilities and a budget deficit of at least $327 million annually. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will decide in the coming weeks whether to have the state intervene to help rebuild the city, with options including Chapter 9 bankruptcy on the table.
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8. Los Angeles, Calif.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,425 ( highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $15,764 (9th highest)
Unemployment rate: 11.3% (4th highest)
For all levels of income, Los Angeles has one of the highest property tax burdens on its residents among the largest cities. This is despite the city's low effective property tax rate, which at $1.13 per $100 was one of the lowest for all cities. In 2011, Los Angeles had the highest assumed home value used to calculate property tax payments for each income bracket between $50,000 and $150,000. In addition to high property taxes, Angelenos also pay one of the highest total sales tax rates, at 8.75 cents on the dollar more than two cents over the average city sales tax.

7. New York, N.Y.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,273 (16th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $18,8111 (3rd highest)
Unemployment rate: 8.8% (16th highest)
Among the cities measured, only New York City had graduated state and local income tax rates as of 2011. This means that the income tax rate rises as individuals' earnings rise. In 2011, a family of three with two working parents earning $25,000 a year paid no income tax while a similar family earning $150,000 per year paid $12,464 in income tax more than such a family would pay in any other city reviewed. No other city measured had a higher city-level sales tax than New York City's 4.5%. This contributes to an effective sales tax rate of 8.875%, among the nation's highest. According to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, in the fiscal year 2009-2010 New York City residents paid about $4.1 billion more in taxes than they received in government services.

6. Newark, N.J.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $2,999 (25th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $16,032 (8th highest)
Unemployment rate: 7.6% (23rd highest)
Newark residents can expect to pay a substantial share of their income to the government. Not all taxes are high in the city. Newark residents do not pay state or local income tax. Newark also has either the lowest or second lowest auto taxes of all cities measured, depending on a family's income, and is also in the lower half of cities in terms of sales tax. However, Newark residents are hammered through property taxes for families making more than $50,000 a year in 2011, property taxes were the second-highest among all cities measured.

5. Chicago, Ill.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,898 (4th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $14,814 (14th highest)
Unemployment rate: 9.7% (12th highest)
As of 2011, Chicago residents paid the highest effective sales tax rate of any city studied, at 9.75%. This increased the tax burden for lower-income earners, who paid a higher percentage of their income in sales taxes. Partly because of the city's sales tax, a Chicago family earning $25,000 had a state and local tax burden equal to 15.6% of their income, while for a family earning $150,000, the figure was just 9.9%. Poorer residents are also burdened by the state-level flat income tax, which was raised from 3% to 5% in 2011.

4. Louisville, Ky.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,594 (8th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $18,008 (5th highest)
Unemployment rate: 7.9% (20th highest)
For a family of three that earned between $100,000 and $150,000, the average tax burden was 12%, higher than all but four other cities reviewed. The tax burden for people earning $25,000 to $50,000, although higher at 14.4%, is less of jump compared to most of the cities on this list. The 14.4% tax burden is the eighth highest out of all the cities measured. The biggest tax burden comes from income taxes. Depending on a family's income, Louisville has either the second or third highest income tax among all cities measured.

3. Columbus, Ohio
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,369 (12th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $18,241 (4th highest)
Unemployment rate: 6.5% (23rd lowest)
Columbus residents are hit by the one-two punch of sales and property taxes that are higher than most. For instance, a family of three earning $50,000 in 2011 had to fork over $2,116.50 in income taxes and had to pay an additional $4,025 in property taxes. The income tax burden was higher than all but four cities, while the property tax burden was higher than all but five. Not all is bad, though. The sales tax and auto tax burden across all incomes were in the lower half of cities reviewed.

2. Philadelphia, Penn.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $4,513 (2nd highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $19,951 (2nd highest)
Unemployment rate: 10.6% (7th highest)
A family of three that made just $25,000 a year in 2011 would have been stuck with a tax burden worth a whopping 18.1% of their income, tied with Birmingham, Ala., for the highest of all cities. Taxes did ease a bit as one moved down the sliding scale, although burdens were still near the top. For a family of three making $150,000 in 2011, the total tax burden was 13.3% the second highest of all cities measured by the report.

1. Bridgeport, Conn.
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $3,708 (5th highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $23,501 (the highest)
Unemployment rate: 11.7% (3rd highest)

No city taxed its residents more heavily than Bridgeport in 2011. In 2011, its effective residential property tax rate was $2.77 per every $100 in assessed home value the sixth highest in the nation. Citizens are also paying more in property taxes, due to the high value of homes in the area, at over $434,000 for a person earning $150,000 a year. In defending his city to the Connecticut Post, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch noted the average resident paid only $6,431 in taxes a year and notes that the city's residents are "of modest means" and that residents' tax rates are also affected by the close proximity of far wealthier cities. The median household income in Bridgeport is just $35,379, more than $15,000 below than the national median.


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