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HIGHEST AND LOWEST PROPERTY TAX RATES IN GREATER BOSTON

The average single-family property tax bill in Massachusetts in 2022 is $6,719, up $347 from the previous year, according to a recent report conducted by the Division of Local Services, Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The average tax rate in Massachusetts is now $14.58 for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

Towns and cities with the highest tax rates are not necessarily those with the highest tax bills. The assessed value of the homes is also part of the equation. The highest tax rate in the state goes to Longmeadow, a town near Springfield, which has an annual tax rate of $24.64, but the average home value is $392,945, putting the average tax bill at $9,682. 

The highest tax bills in Massachusetts are in many communities outside of Boston within the 495 beltway. Weston, which has an average home value of $1,777,218 has an average tax bill of $22,766 the highest in the state. The town of Brookline comes in second, with an average tax bill of $20,492 and an average home value of $2,011,023.

As you can see from this chart, many areas surrounding Boston have tax bills above $14,000 a year.

Most towns in western Massachusetts with assessed home values lower than the state average have the lowest tax bills in the state, such as the town of Hancock, with an average annual tax bill of just $807 and an average home value of $269,118. The town of Rowe, in northwestern Massachusetts near Vermont, has an annual tax bill of $1,397 and an average home value of $262,188.

Towns in the Cape and the Islands have high property values yet very low tax rates and thus have relatively low tax bills. This is because many of these properties are vacation properties so they don’t require taxes to pay for services and amenities off-season.

For home buyers looking for reasonable tax rates but who still want to live in the metro Boston area, there are several cities or towns where the combination of reasonable tax rates and home values puts their tax bills below the state average. Towns and cities in the Greater Boston area with the lowest tax bills are:

Tax rates for all towns and cities in Massachusetts for 2022

Municipality

Single Family Tax Bill*

Personal Property

Abington

6,910

15.22

Acton

12,950

19.45

Acushnet

4,576

17.18

Adams

3,472

26.16

Agawam

4,438

30.58

Alford

4,193

5.25

Amesbury

8,033

17.69

Amherst

8,609

21.27

Andover

11,075

29.29

Arlington

9,646

11.42

Ashburnham

5,527

18.88

Ashby

5,230

17.69

Ashfield

4,752

17.38

Ashland

8,277

15.88

Athol

3,319

16.05

Attleboro

5,197

21.13

Auburn

5,379

20.42

Avon

6,193

29.88

Ayer

5,365

28.28

Barnstable

4,843

7.85

Barre

4,279

16.84

Becket

2,973

10.80

Bedford

10,512

29.93

Belchertown

5,412

17.66

Bellingham

5,073

19.97

Belmont

15,568

11.56

Berkley

5,790

13.75

Berlin

7,201

27.02

Bernardston

4,673

17.20

Beverly

7,471

23.90

Billerica

5,941

28.78

Blackstone

5,902

17.90

Blandford

3,775

14.79

Bolton

11,779

19.87

Boston

5,212

24.98

Bourne

5,295

10.09

Boxborough

11,420

17.42

Boxford

11,242

15.22

Boylston

7,243

15.84

Braintree

5,801

21.55

Brewster

5,091

7.85

Bridgewater

6,553

14.32

Brimfield

4,786

16.43

Brockton

4,767

28.18

Brookfield

4,669

16.43

Brookline

20,492

16.56

Buckland

4,673

16.78

Burlington

5,975

26.64

Cambridge

9,691

11.23

Canton

7,466

24.18

Carlisle

15,438

16.50

Carver

6,187

25.41

Charlemont

4,601

20.73

Charlton

4,588

13.29

Chatham

5,164

4.62

Chelmsford

7,829

19.70

Chelsea

3,494

25.72

Cheshire

2,994

12.76

Chester

3,745

19.18

Chesterfield

5,015

18.25

Chicopee

3,663

37.40

Chilmark

6,135

2.82

Clarksburg

3,287

16.48

Clinton

4,898

25.06

Cohasset

13,848

12.56

Colrain

4,113

20.48

Concord

16,611

14.76

Conway

5,646

17.95

Cummington

3,772

14.45

Dalton

4,882

20.74

Danvers

6,933

20.54

Dartmouth

4,431

17.41

Dedham

7,980

27.93

Deerfield

5,165

15.17

Dennis

3,242

5.60

Dighton

5,531

26.17

Douglas

5,840

16.34

Dover

15,715

12.42

Dracut

5,190

12.29

Dudley

3,608

11.70

Dunstable

8,280

15.25

Duxbury

11,466

12.84

East Bridgewater

6,562

15.60

East Brookfield

4,032

13.53

East Longmeadow

6,253

20.29

Eastham

4,920

8.58

Easthampton

4,906

16.53

Easton

7,886

15.39

Edgartown

5,555

3.03

Egremont

4,202

7.93

Erving

1,736

12.92

Essex

10,441

15.70

Everett

3,907

24.04

Fairhaven

3,743

20.39

Fall River

3,584

27.03

Falmouth

5,080

8.05

Fitchburg

4,444

17.61

Florida

1,501

20.12

Foxborough

7,458

18.84

Framingham

6,747

29.00

Franklin

7,121

14.05

Freetown

4,825

20.56

Gardner

4,423

18.59

Aquinnah

9,966

6.27

Georgetown

7,545

14.08

Gill

4,005

16.66

Gloucester

8,075

12.12

Goshen

4,238

16.13

Gosnold

 

 

Grafton

7,572

16.88

Granby

5,605

19.06

Granville

4,186

15.28

Great Barrington

6,635

14.86

Greenfield

4,938

22.32

Groton

9,198

17.19

Groveland

7,383

14.47

Hadley

4,468

13.45

Halifax

6,589

16.01

Hamilton

11,249

17.88

Hampden

5,784

18.72

Hancock

807

3.00

Hanover

9,046

15.95

Hanson

6,236

15.09

Hardwick

4,061

14.70

Harvard

12,085

17.89

Harwich

5,162

8.11

Hatfield

4,789

13.67

Haverhill

4,954

23.30

Hawley

4,042

17.52

Heath

4,207

21.51

Hingham

10,723

11.56

Hinsdale

3,599

13.66

Holbrook

6,015

32.68

Holden

6,382

16.56

Holland

3,988

15.54

Holliston

9,089

17.38

Holyoke

4,227

40.60

Hopedale

7,042

27.66

Hopkinton

11,597

17.02

Hubbardston

4,414

14.00

Hudson

6,968

31.60

Hull

6,741

12.54

Huntington

4,190

17.56

Ipswich

7,958

12.86

Kingston

7,103

14.58

Lakeville

5,422

12.07

Lancaster

7,570

19.45

Lanesborough

4,992

19.10

Lawrence

3,650

24.21

Lee

3,959

13.65

Leicester

4,127

13.99

Lenox

5,068

13.46

Leominster

5,504

16.56

Leverett

6,515

18.84

Lexington

16,613

27.18

Leyden

4,385

16.14

Lincoln

18,617

20.77

Littleton

9,178

28.05

Longmeadow

9,682

24.64

Lowell

4,674

25.18

Ludlow

5,031

19.99

Lunenburg

6,436

17.19

Lynn

5,195

23.70

Lynnfield

9,818

19.32

Malden

4,278

19.17

Manchester By The Sea

14,141

10.60

Mansfield

7,682

18.88

Marblehead

9,935

10.52

Marion

7,685

10.85

Marlborough

5,657

22.17

Marshfield

6,748

12.95

Mashpee

5,151

8.03

Mattapoisett

7,168

12.40

Maynard

8,498

27.36

Medfield

12,555

17.42

Medford

5,896

17.23

Medway

8,078

16.93

Melrose

7,435

18.03

Mendon

7,781

15.41

Merrimac

7,483

16.34

Methuen

5,118

25.62

Middleborough

5,678

16.33

Middlefield

3,839

17.79

Middleton

9,130

13.25

Milford

5,803

28.44

Millbury

4,911

15.00

Millis

8,734

18.88

Millville

5,097

15.11

Milton

10,281

19.12

Monroe

1,557

24.96

Monson

4,553

17.83

Montague

3,941

25.83

Monterey

4,201

7.28

Montgomery

3,992

13.95

Mount Washington

3,022

6.11

Nahant

8,168

9.79

Nantucket

6,847

6.40

Natick

9,157

13.34

Needham

13,586

26.43

New Ashford

3,306

10.94

New Bedford

4,055

33.51

New Braintree

4,703

16.25

New Marlborough

4,388

9.30

New Salem

4,526

18.92

Newbury

6,217

9.73

Newburyport

8,430

12.01

Newton

14,024

19.95

Norfolk

9,750

18.20

North Adams

3,105

39.26

North Andover

8,219

18.73

North Attleborough

6,013

17.04

North Brookfield

3,925

14.86

North Reading

9,888

15.00

Northampton

6,303

17.89

Northborough

8,195

16.49

Northbridge

5,059

13.77

Northfield

3,390

13.85

Norton

6,025

14.26

Norwell

11,752

16.62

Norwood

5,952

24.00

Oak Bluffs

6,279

6.75

Oakham

3,918

12.72

Orange

3,875

19.12

Orleans

6,703

7.20

Otis

2,838

7.75

Oxford

4,570

16.16

Palmer

4,269

19.83

Paxton

6,969

18.98

Peabody

5,016

21.14

Pelham

7,112

20.56

Pembroke

6,393

14.15

Pepperell

6,568

17.15

Peru

3,904

18.32

Petersham

3,845

13.54

Phillipston

4,123

15.58

Pittsfield

4,122

39.90

Plainfield

4,167

19.95

Plainville

6,108

18.20

Plymouth

6,438

15.43

Plympton

7,227

16.81

Princeton

6,630

15.68

Provincetown

8,085

6.37

Quincy

6,510

23.86

Randolph

5,501

26.35

Raynham

6,352

20.29

Reading

9,313

13.55

Rehoboth

5,689

12.67

Revere

4,920

20.56

Richmond

5,710

12.74

Rochester

6,001

12.74

Rockland

6,516

16.75

Rockport

7,248

9.82

Rowe

1,397

8.69

Rowley

7,753

14.62

Royalston

2,787

12.21

Russell

4,850

19.90

Rutland

5,519

15.79

Salem

6,168

26.31

Salisbury

5,100

11.14

Sandisfield

3,654

12.90

Sandwich

6,547

13.16

Saugus

6,117

24.87

Savoy

2,585

14.40

Scituate

8,783

12.62

Seekonk

5,265

29.43

Sharon

12,020

19.75

Sheffield

4,794

12.44

Shelburne

4,538

14.49

Sherborn

16,760

19.03

Shirley

5,472

15.48

Shrewsbury

7,383

14.11

Shutesbury

5,876

21.83

Somerset

4,590

25.81

Somerville

6,879

16.85

South Hadley

4,940

16.45

Southampton

5,447

15.07

Southborough

11,234

16.28

Southbridge

4,266

17.90

Southwick

5,127

16.98

Spencer

3,932

13.16

Springfield

3,484

39.04

Sterling

6,259

15.25

Stockbridge

5,633

9.38

Stoneham

6,354

19.81

Stoughton

6,171

24.20

Stow

10,893

19.56

Sturbridge

6,538

19.15

Sudbury

14,395

24.57

Sunderland

4,916

14.70

Sutton

6,522

15.18

Swampscott

9,128

23.20

Swansea

4,419

21.21

Taunton

4,420

28.87

Templeton

4,051

15.24

Tewksbury

7,434

27.25

Tisbury

9,150

8.12

Tolland

2,901

9.00

Topsfield

11,398

16.65

Townsend

5,798

17.61

Truro

6,401

7.37

Tyngsborough

6,806

14.94

Tyringham

3,748

6.72

Upton

7,797

16.77

Uxbridge

5,365

15.16

Wakefield

7,765

23.77

Wales

3,981

18.52

Walpole

8,551

19.22

Waltham

4,631

22.88

Ware

4,182

19.34

Wareham

3,513

10.87

Warren

3,491

15.56

Warwick

4,107

21.07

Washington

4,080

14.84

Watertown

7,072

21.28

Wayland

15,386

18.35

Webster

4,391

13.96

Wellesley

16,889

11.68

Wellfleet

5,389

7.43

Wendell

4,340

23.24

Wenham

14,265

19.58

West Boylston

6,426

17.68

West Bridgewater

6,199

29.06

West Brookfield

3,875

13.23

West Newbury

8,754

13.01

West Springfield

4,086

30.92

West Stockbridge

5,717

12.56

West Tisbury

7,172

5.82

Westborough

10,328

18.49

Westfield

5,032

36.31

Westford

9,678

16.12

Westhampton

6,256

20.49

Westminster

5,399

15.80

Weston

22,766

12.81

Westport

4,193

8.48

Westwood

12,438

28.99

Weymouth

5,352

18.36

Whately

4,991

13.71

Whitman

5,596

14.56

Wilbraham

7,119

20.49

Williamsburg

5,878

19.44

Williamstown

6,985

16.92

Wilmington

7,081

30.06

Winchendon

3,663

15.11

Winchester

15,813

11.89

Windsor

2,873

13.15

Winthrop

6,409

11.76

Woburn

5,160

22.77

Worcester

4,477

33.33

Worthington

4,374

16.04

Wrentham

7,177

18.15

Yarmouth

4,160

9.18

Sources:

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

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