New Jersey is #1!

Don’t get excited… we’re not talking about football (Favre or not, I can’t get behind the Jets**. Go Eagles!). We’re talking about tax.

According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey residents paid the highest percentage of state and local taxes. Folks from New Jersey paid a whopping 11.8% of income in state and local taxes, more than 2% above the national average.

New York residents just eked out a second place finish, paying 11.7%.

Rounding out the top:

3, Connecticut: 11.1%


4, Maryland: 10.8%


5, Hawaii: 10.6%


6, California: 10.5%


7, Ohio: 10.4%


8, Vermont: 10.3%


9, Wisconsin: 10.2% (tie)


9, Rhode Island: 10.2% (tie)


9, Pennsylvania: 10.2% (tie)


9, Minnesota: 10.2% (tie)

The states that paid the lowest rates are:

1, Alaska: 6.4%


2, Nevada: 6.6%


3, Wyoming: 7.0%


4, Florida: 7.4%


5, New Hampshire: 7.6%


6, South Dakota: 7.9%


7, Tennessee: 8.3%


8, Louisiana: 8.4% (tie)


8, Texas 8.4% (tie)


10, Arizona: 8.5%

** Yes, yes, yes. The Jets are really the New York Jets. But they play in New Jersey. And their fans are from Jersey. I think New Yorkers support that other team.