Sales Tax By State 2019

Most states have a sales tax ranging between 4% and 7%. The average sales tax for a state is 5.09%. 32 states fall above this average, and 18 states fall below this average, suggesting that the few states with a sales tax of 0% bring down the average.

There is only one state with a sales tax over 7%, which is California, and is also the state with the largest population. There are six states with sales tax under 4%. Colorado has a sales tax of 2.9%. The other five, Oregon, New Hampshire, Montana, Delaware, Alaska, have state sales taxes of 0%.

The average local sales taxes range from -.03% to 5.14%. The average “average local sales tax” is 1.45%. There are 18 states whose average local tax is above this average and 32 states that are below it. This is the inverse of how the state sales tax is distributed.

There is only one state with an average local sales tax above 5%--Alabama—which also has a state sales tax of 4%. New Jersey is the only state with a negative average local sales tax (-.03%). 12 other states (24% of all states) have an average local sales tax of 0%. These states are Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Maine, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana. There seems to be no correlation between state tax and average local tax.

There are five states that have an average local tax higher than their state tax-- Alaska, New York, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama.

The combined sales taxes for state and average local range from 0% to 9.47%. The average combined sales tax is 6.35%. 33 states fall above this average and 17 fall below. This is about the same distribution as the state sales tax. One state, Connecticut, is exactly average with a combine sales tax of 6.35%. Four states—Oregon, New Hampshire, Montana, and Delaware—have a combined sales tax of 0%.

Rank State State Tax Rate Average Local Tax Combined Rate 2019 Pop.
1California7.25%1.31%8.56%39,747,267
2Texas6.25%1.94%8.19%29,087,070
3Florida6.00%1.05%7.05%21,646,155
4New York4.00%4.49%8.49%19,491,339
5Pennsylvania6.00%0.34%6.34%12,813,969
6Illinois6.25%2.49%8.74%12,700,381
7Ohio5.75%1.42%7.17%11,718,568
8Georgia4.00%3.29%7.29%10,627,767
9North Carolina4.75%2.22%6.97%10,497,741
10Michigan6.00%0.00%6.00%10,020,472
11New Jersey6.63%-0.03%6.60%8,922,547
12Virginia5.30%0.35%5.65%8,571,946
13Washington6.50%2.67%9.17%7,666,343
14Arizona5.60%2.77%8.37%7,275,070
15Massachusetts6.25%0.00%6.25%6,939,373
16Tennessee7.00%2.47%9.47%6,833,793
17Indiana7.00%0.00%7.00%6,718,616
18Missouri4.23%3.90%8.13%6,147,861
19Maryland6.00%0.00%6.00%6,062,917
20Wisconsin5.00%0.44%5.44%5,832,661
21Colorado2.90%4.73%7.63%5,770,545
22Minnesota6.88%0.55%7.43%5,655,925
23South Carolina6.00%1.43%7.43%5,147,111
24Alabama4.00%5.14%9.14%4,898,246
25Louisiana4.45%5.00%9.45%4,652,581
26Kentucky6.00%0.00%6.00%4,484,047
27Oregon0.00%0.00%0.00%4,245,901
28Oklahoma4.50%4.42%8.92%3,948,950
29Connecticut6.35%0.00%6.35%3,567,871
30Utah5.95%0.99%6.94%3,221,610
31Iowa6.00%0.82%6.82%3,167,997
32Nevada6.85%1.29%8.14%3,087,025
33Arkansas6.50%2.93%9.43%3,026,412
34Mississippi7.00%0.07%7.07%2,987,895
35Kansas6.50%2.17%8.67%2,910,931
36New Mexico5.13%2.69%7.82%2,096,034
37Nebraska5.50%1.35%6.85%1,940,919
38West Virginia6.00%0.39%6.39%1,791,951
39Idaho6.00%0.03%6.03%1,790,182
40Hawaii4.00%0.41%4.41%1,416,589
41New Hampshire0.00%0.00%0.00%1,363,852
42Maine5.50%0.00%5.50%1,342,097
43Montana0.00%0.00%0.00%1,074,532
44Rhode Island7.00%0.00%7.00%1,056,738
45Delaware0.00%0.00%0.00%975,033
46South Dakota4.50%1.90%6.40%892,631
47North Dakota5.00%1.85%6.85%760,900
48Alaska0.00%1.43%1.43%735,720
49Vermont6.00%0.18%6.18%627,180
50Wyoming4.00%1.36%5.36%572,381