Smart Asset: Property taxes in county give big bang for the buck

San Juan ranks fourth out of 39 counties in the state and 1,241 out of the 3,142 counties in the nation as far as residents getting the most bang for their buck on property taxes. That's according to Smart Assets' third annual study

The financial asset firm looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

The quality of schools was measured using the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state a ranking of 1-10 was used with 10 being the highest.   San Juan County's  score was 10.  

Violent and property crimes were calculated per 100,000 residents. That number was used to determine a community score by taking the ratio of school rank to the calculated crime rate.

To calculate the per capita property tax, Smart Assets used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate.

To determine the county's tax value - showing the counties where property taxes go the furthest -  Smart Assets used the ratio of  the community score to the per capita property tax paid.

The top four counties in Washington are: 

Whitman County

Lincoln County

Ferry County 

San Juan County

The top 10 in the U.S are: 

 1. Windsor, Vermont

 2. Tippah, Missouri

 3. Tishomingo, Missouri

 4. Walworth, South Dakota

 5. Norman, Minnesota

 6. Page, Virginia

 7. Orleans, Vermont

 8. Bon Homme, South Dakota

 9. Denver, Colorado

10. Dewey, South Dakota

To view the national results visit

To view the results for Washington state visit

Property taxes on a $450,000 home: 

San Juan County: $2,696

0.599% of Assessed Home Value

Washington State: $4,874

1.083% of Assessed Home Value

National: $5,450

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