Sales Tax By State 2020

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%.

Sales Tax By State 2020

Rank State State Tax Rate Average Local Tax Combined Rate 2020 Pop.
1California7.25%1.31%8.56%39,937,489
2Indiana7.00%0.00%7.00%6,745,354
3Mississippi7.00%0.07%7.07%2,989,260
4Rhode Island7.00%0.00%7.00%1,056,161
5Tennessee7.00%2.47%9.47%6,897,576
6Minnesota6.88%0.55%7.43%5,700,671
7Nevada6.85%1.29%8.14%3,139,658
8New Jersey6.63%-0.03%6.60%8,936,574
9Arkansas6.50%2.93%9.43%3,038,999
10Kansas6.50%2.17%8.67%2,910,357
11Washington6.50%2.67%9.17%7,797,095
12Connecticut6.35%0.00%6.35%3,563,077
13Illinois6.25%2.49%8.74%12,659,682
14Massachusetts6.25%0.00%6.25%6,976,597
15Texas6.25%1.94%8.19%29,472,295
16Florida6.00%1.05%7.05%21,992,985
17Idaho6.00%0.03%6.03%1,826,156
18Iowa6.00%0.82%6.82%3,179,849
19Kentucky6.00%0.00%6.00%4,499,692
20Maryland6.00%0.00%6.00%6,083,116
21Michigan6.00%0.00%6.00%10,045,029
22Pennsylvania6.00%0.34%6.34%12,820,878
23South Carolina6.00%1.43%7.43%5,210,095
24Vermont6.00%0.18%6.18%628,061
25West Virginia6.00%0.39%6.39%1,778,070
26Utah5.95%0.99%6.94%3,282,115
27Ohio5.75%1.42%7.17%11,747,694
28Arizona5.60%2.77%8.37%7,378,494
29Maine5.50%0.00%5.50%1,345,790
30Nebraska5.50%1.35%6.85%1,952,570
31Virginia5.30%0.35%5.65%8,626,207
32New Mexico5.13%2.69%7.82%2,096,640
33North Dakota5.00%1.85%6.85%761,723
34Wisconsin5.00%0.44%5.44%5,851,754
35North Carolina4.75%2.22%6.97%10,611,862
36Oklahoma4.50%4.42%8.92%3,954,821
37South Dakota4.50%1.90%6.40%903,027
38Louisiana4.45%5.00%9.45%4,645,184
39Missouri4.23%3.90%8.13%6,169,270
40Alabama4.00%5.14%9.14%4,908,621
41Georgia4.00%3.29%7.29%10,736,059
42Hawaii4.00%0.41%4.41%1,412,687
43New York4.00%4.49%8.49%19,440,469
44Wyoming4.00%1.36%5.36%567,025
45Colorado2.90%4.73%7.63%5,845,526
46Alaska0.00%1.43%1.43%734,002
47Delaware0.00%0.00%0.00%982,895
48Montana0.00%0.00%0.00%1,086,759
49New Hampshire0.00%0.00%0.00%1,371,246
50Oregon0.00%0.00%0.00%4,301,089