10 Highest (and Lowest) Florida County Property Tax Rates

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As you may know, Florida is a popular destination for retirement because it has no state income tax, but unless you plan on renting all throughout your retirement, you won’t be able to escape paying property taxes.

In light of today being Tax Day, I thought I’d take a look at the Florida Counties with the highest and lowest property tax rates.

Now keep in mind, property taxes often don’t tell the whole story about how expensive or inexpensive an area will be to live in.

Depending on which community you purchase a home in, you might be subject to other fees (such as CDD’s) which do not figure into the property tax millage rates above. So, its wise to take all factors into account when making your final purchase decision.

Onward to the data.

10 Florida Counties With the LOWEST Property Tax Rates

Walton – 9.7536
Monroe – 10.1257
Collier – 11.7923
Bay – 12.1271
Franklin – 12.9457
Okaloosa – 13.4039
Sumter – 13.5546
Santa Rosa – 14.4789
Jackson – 14.5345
Sarasota – 14.5627

10 Florida Counties With the HIGHEST Property Tax Rates

Alachua – 23.442
Volusia – 23.2216 (Ugh…this is where I live)
St. Lucie – 22.7249
Dixie – 21.9206
Broward – 21.0593
Pinellas – 21.0416
Hendry – 20.8776
Hillsborough – 20.7007
Palm Beach – 20.5622
Miami-Dade – 20.1139

*This data is from January 2013.

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For visual reference here’s a map of where each Florida County is located:

Map of Florida Counties

The tax rates above are what are called “millage rates”. The millage rate is expressed as “mils per thousand.” For example if the millage rate is “23.2216”, then you will pay approximately $23.22 per $1,000 of assessed value.

(Learn more in my Guide to Florida Real Estate Taxes.)

On the bright side, Florida does offer some property tax relief in the form of Homestead Exemptions which can help quite a bit if you qualify for them.

If you’re interested you can pour through all the data yourself at the Florida Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Data Portal.

There’s enough spreadsheets there to keep any Excel junkie happy for days :)

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Comments

  1. Wow! I know I get quite a few customers who end up purchasing in Naples over Palm Beach partly because of the taxes but I had no idea they were almost double over there. That’s a big difference!

  2. Ken Schulter says:

    FL is a consideration for a possible retirement home. After scanning the FL for Boomers site, it is becoming somewhat confusing. I see there are CDD’s, possible HOA’s, property tax concerns, and then I understand that it is a very high cost for home insurance to cover for floods, hurricanes, and sinkholes. So while the cost of a home might be cheaper than other parts of the country, is FL really a bargain when you add up these costs? I would sure like to find more than anecdotal references on the web that can provide very clearly stated facts. Otherwise, I might be wasting my time to consider FL as a destination for lower cost living. BTW, I am also hearing of high crime rates in many parts of FL. As the economy tanks, I believe that crime peaks. So again, I am really trying to look past the rosy pictures and see the real FL. Thanks if you can help and be honest.

  3. Denise Swanson says:

    I agree w/the comments that Ken Schulter made above. We are planning to move to Florida from Illinois, primarily because we are in need of a “weather lifestyle change”. I really am not finding it to be that inexpensive to buy a home in Florida… the costs/square foot really aren’t that low, add in the HOAs, CDDs… and, it can get to be quite expensive to maintain a home in Florida. What is really confusing to me is the cost of insurance… that truly is a wildcard. We originally were considering the Gulf area, but, between sinkhole coverage, hurricane coverage… it just was silly. I wish that when the realtors list the homes they would llist such things as how much insurance is for that particular home. They list the taxes, but, that really doesn’t apply as the taxes will be based on the new selling price. I have looked at thomes where they list taxes as $2500/year… but, w/the higher sales price the taxes for me would be closer to $6,000/year. It is very, very difficult to quantify the costs!

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