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