Analysis: Cerro Gordo, Pottawattamie and Polk counties have highest property tax rates in Iowa

With an effective property tax rate of 1.96 percent, Cerro Gordo County has the highest tax rate among Iowa counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

With an effective property tax rate of 1.96 percent, Cerro Gordo County has the highest tax rate among Iowa counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

The data shows Cerro Gordo County has 22,472 single-family homes with an average estimated value of about $110,000. The average tax amount is $2,162. The effective tax rate is the percentage of a home's value the owner pays in property taxes.

Rounding out the top five counties with the highest effective property taxes are Pottawattamie (1.92 percent), Polk (1.90 percent), Clinton (1.85 percent) and Black Hawk (1.77 percent). 

Keokuk County (0.82 percent) has the lowest ranked property tax rate in Iowa. Only those counties with at least 10,000 single-family homes -- a total of 1,414 U.S. counties in all -- were part of the ATTOM Data Solutions analysis.

Property tax rates for Iowa counties

CountyMetro AreaPopulation Number of Single-Family Homes  Average Estimated Value  Average Property Tax Amount Effective Property Tax Rate
Cerro GordoMason City, IA  43,481   22,472  $ 110,330  $ 2,162 1.96%
PottawattamieOmaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA  93,213   30,769  $ 147,089  $ 2,819 1.92%
PolkDes Moines-West Des Moines, IA  452,369   137,486  $ 208,822  $ 3,966 1.90%
ClintonClinton, IA  48,365   20,962  $ 119,943  $ 2,218 1.85%
Black HawkWaterloo-Cedar Falls, IA  132,496   40,411  $ 143,915  $ 2,543 1.77%
Buchanan

  20,998   10,122  $ 107,829  $ 1,900 1.76%
JasperNewton, IA  36,726   13,131  $ 123,103  $ 2,158 1.75%
JohnsonIowa City, IA  139,436   37,477  $ 239,725  $ 4,109 1.71%
MuscatineMuscatine, IA  42,913   15,729  $ 137,188  $ 2,338 1.70%
LinnCedar Rapids, IA  216,640   72,089  $ 172,602  $ 2,936 1.70%
MarshallMarshalltown, IA  40,962   18,414  $ 114,215  $ 1,891 1.66%
StoryAmes, IA  93,586   24,443  $ 203,168  $ 3,360 1.65%
Des MoinesBurlington, IA-IL  40,208   14,599  $ 118,678  $ 1,957 1.65%
ScottDavenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL  169,994   55,688  $ 187,562  $ 3,077 1.64%
Sioux

  34,509   13,299  $ 152,868  $ 2,435 1.59%
LeeFort Madison-Keokuk,

IA-IL-MO

  35,369   16,520  $ 90,009  $ 1,374 1.53%
WapelloOttumwa, IA  35,315   18,432  $ 79,755  $ 1,214 1.52%
WoodburySioux City, IA-NE-SD  102,530   37,142  $ 133,586  $ 1,997 1.50%
WebsterFort Dodge, IA  37,295   16,032  $ 107,389  $ 1,544 1.44%
WarrenDes Moines-West Des Moines, IA  47,542   18,641  $ 204,353  $ 2,863 1.40%
DubuqueDubuque, IA  95,906   34,039  $ 177,484  $ 2,465 1.39%
Marion

  33,248   15,418  $ 149,645  $ 2,038 1.36%
BremerWaterloo-Cedar Falls, IA  24,539   10,696  $ 171,414  $ 2,329 1.36%
BentonCedar Rapids, IA  25,803   10,141  $ 151,868  $ 2,062 1.36%
DallasDes Moines-West Des Moines, IA  74,892   20,323  $ 235,961  $ 3,170 1.34%
Crawford

  17,252   16,181  $ 98,105  $ 1,074 1.10%
Hardin

  17,393   15,400  $ 114,463  $ 1,245 1.09%
DickinsonSpirit Lake, IA  16,967   15,116  $ 243,311  $ 2,321 0.95%
Carroll

  20,629   10,307  $ 170,605  $ 1,442 0.85%
Keokuk

  10,291   12,793  $ 116,578  $ 960 0.82%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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