Houston homeowners pay some of the highest property taxes in the country

by Rincey Abraham


Houston ranks as having some of the highest property taxes in the nation, with Texas having the third highest effective property tax rate at 2.06 percent, according to data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions.

Within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA, the average property tax was $5,588 with an estimated home value in 2016 of $257,027. The effective tax rate is 2.17 percent, which ranks at No. 21 out of 217 MSAs nationwide.

Fort Bend county sits with the highest county average property taxes in the Houston area at $7,320 in 2016. It is one of only 32 counties in the United States with an average of $7,000 or more.

However, the effective tax rate for investment homes in Texas was only 1.90 percent, which is lower than the effective tax rate for owner-occupied homes in Texas.

The average annual property tax for owner-occupied single family homes nationwide was $3,658 with an effective tax rate of 1.21 percent. This is higher than the average annual property tax of $2,437 and 1.03 percent effective tax rate for investment homes.


County No. of single family homes Average home value Average property taxes Effective tax rate
Fort Bend 185,033 $289,446 $7,320 2.45%
Montgomery 139,835 $307,769 $5,754 1.87%
Harris 1,030,417 $252,541 $5,457 2.16%
Brazoria 94,616 $211,831 $5,108 2.41%
Galveston 110,350 $224,485 $4,928 2.20%
Austin 7,385 $214,253 $3,366 1.57%
Chambers 4,047 $168,160 $2,898 1.72%
Liberty 17,766 $150,261 $2,242 1.49%
Waller 4,931 $186,877 $2,191 1.17%

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  • Enrico Gabuzzi says:

    I’m sure Fort bend County administrators are wasting money anyhow, I have been increase a whopping 25.94% on a single home property from 2013 through 2017! Average inflation same period, 6.6%!
    This is unsustainable, we are talking thousands of dollars that we pay in taxes for a regular residence. I’m sure we would like to make an audit to this county!

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