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With the housing market still red hot and no end in site, chances are if you’re buying a home, you’re going to have to pay more than you were expecting. If that’s the case, then you’re going to want to make sure to purchase a house in a county with low property taxes, or at least not the highest ones.

So, which Michigan counties have the highest average property taxes? To find out, the crew at HRBlock.com has put together an extensive list of every Michigan county with their average property taxes. There’s a huge discrepancy, with the lowest taxes being $901 and the highest at $4,079.

If you’re wondering what “Real Property Tax” is, HRBlock.com explains that, “Real property tax is a system of taxation that requires owners of land and buildings to pay an amount of money based on the value of their land and buildings.” They add, “While the federal tax brackets are the same across the board (based on your filing status), state real property taxes are a different story. Any individual who owns real property in Michigan is subject to Michigan real property taxes.”

As for who owes property taxes in Michigan, according to HRBlock.com, if you own real property in Michigan, you have to pay taxes on it. “Even if the real property was gifted to you through an estate or you own a rental real property, you are still required to pay it,” they add. “There is no minimum or maximum amount to pay on your real property in Michigan to pay real property taxes.” Read on for the full list of the 25 Michigan counties with the most expensive average property taxes. We’ve also included information on the county with the lowest average income taxes at the bottom of the list. Best of luck with your home-buying search.

  • 25 Michigan Counties With the Highest Property Tax

    This list is via H&R Block.

  • 25. Genesee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,845
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.91%

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  • 24. Jackson

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,819
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.51%

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  • 23. Isabella

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,898
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.48%

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  • 22. Monroe

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,975
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.32%

    Monroe County, MI | Official Website

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  • 21. St. Clair

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,949
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.44%

    St. Clair County

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  • 20. Emmet

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,946
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.14%

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  • 19. Calhoun

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,944
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.89%

    Calhoun County, MI

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  • 18. Van Buren

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,934
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.57%

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  • 17. Barry

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,903
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.30%

  • 16. Ingham

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,761
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.23%

  • 15. Livingston

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,681
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.23%

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  • 14. Kalamazoo

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,576
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • 13. Macomb

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,570
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.75%

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  • 12. Clinton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,521
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.53%

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  • 11. Eaton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,411
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.69%

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  • 10. Kent

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,385
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.55%

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  • 9. Wayne

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,359
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.55%

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  • 8. Ottawa

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,364
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.41%

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  • 7. Grand Traverse

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,348
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.28%

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  • 6. Midland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,282
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.72%

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  • 5. Leelanau

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,244
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 0.90%

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  • 4. Allegan

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,057
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.37%

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  • 3. Lenawee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,011
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.61%

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  • 2. Oakland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $3,429
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.63%

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  • 1. Washtenaw

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $4,079
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • The county with the lowest average property tax in Michigan: Oscoda

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $901
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.08%

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