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Sales Tax By State 2021

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%.

Here are the 10 states with the highest sales tax rates:

  1. California (7.25%)
  2. Indiana (7.00%)
  3. Mississippi (7.00%)
  4. Rhode Island (7.00%)
  5. Tennessee (7.00%)
  6. Minnesota (6.88%)
  7. Nevada (6.85%)
  8. New Jersey (6.63%)
  9. Arkansas (6.50%)
  10. Kansas (6.50%)

Sales Tax By State 2021

State State Tax Rate Average Local Tax Combined Rate 2021 Pop.
California7.25%1.31%8.56%39,613,493
Tennessee7.00%2.47%9.47%6,944,260
Rhode Island7.00%0.00%7.00%1,061,509
Mississippi7.00%0.07%7.07%2,966,407
Indiana7.00%0.00%7.00%6,805,663
Minnesota6.88%0.55%7.43%5,706,398
Nevada6.85%1.29%8.14%3,185,786
New Jersey6.63%-0.03%6.60%8,874,520
Washington6.50%2.67%9.17%7,796,941
Kansas6.50%2.17%8.67%2,917,224
Arkansas6.50%2.93%9.43%3,033,946
Connecticut6.35%0.00%6.35%3,552,821
Texas6.25%1.94%8.19%29,730,311
Massachusetts6.25%0.00%6.25%6,912,239
Illinois6.25%2.49%8.74%12,569,321
West Virginia6.00%0.39%6.39%1,767,859
Vermont6.00%0.18%6.18%623,251
South Carolina6.00%1.43%7.43%5,277,830
Pennsylvania6.00%0.34%6.34%12,804,123
Michigan6.00%0.00%6.00%9,992,427
Maryland6.00%0.00%6.00%6,065,436
Kentucky6.00%0.00%6.00%4,480,713
Iowa6.00%0.82%6.82%3,167,974
Idaho6.00%0.03%6.03%1,860,123
Florida6.00%1.05%7.05%21,944,577
Utah5.95%0.99%6.94%3,310,774
Ohio5.75%1.42%7.17%11,714,618
Arizona5.60%2.77%8.37%7,520,103
Nebraska5.50%1.35%6.85%1,951,996
Maine5.50%0.00%5.50%1,354,522
Virginia5.30%0.35%5.65%8,603,985
New Mexico5.13%2.69%7.82%2,105,005
Wisconsin5.00%0.44%5.44%5,852,490
North Dakota5.00%1.85%6.85%770,026
North Carolina4.75%2.22%6.97%10,701,022
South Dakota4.50%1.90%6.40%896,581
Oklahoma4.50%4.42%8.92%3,990,443
Louisiana4.45%5.00%9.45%4,627,002
Missouri4.23%3.90%8.13%6,169,038
Wyoming4.00%1.36%5.36%581,075
New York4.00%4.49%8.49%19,299,981
Hawaii4.00%0.41%4.41%1,406,430
Georgia4.00%3.29%7.29%10,830,007
Alabama4.00%5.14%9.14%4,934,193
Colorado2.90%4.73%7.63%5,893,634
Oregon0.00%0.00%0.00%4,289,439
New Hampshire0.00%0.00%0.00%1,372,203
Montana0.00%0.00%0.00%1,085,004
Delaware0.00%0.00%0.00%990,334
Alaska0.00%1.43%1.43%724,357

Sales Tax By State 2021