There are 254 counties in Texas. From Harris County, with nearly 5 million people, to Loving County, with 152 people, the property tax values for each county tend to be directly influenced by each area’s needs and operational costs. Also, property appraisal values have been climbing steadily over the years. Because of these factors, the state has been known for having some of the highest property tax rates in the country.
For example, Harris County Texas property taxes can fall around $3,200 for homes with a median value of $154,000 and a property tax rate of 2.08%. Montgomery County Texas property taxes for homes with a median value of $206,000 and a tax rate of 1.84% are around $3,800. In Jefferson County Texas, property taxes average around $1,800 for homes with a median value of $101,000 and a tax rate of 1.78%, and in Williamson County Texas, the property tax value is around $4,600 when the tax rate is 2.03% for a home appraised at $227,000. As you can see, taxes can vary a great deal depending on where you are in the state. And while there are some high property tax amounts, there are some pretty low ones out there as well.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the lowest property taxes in Texas by county.
Top Five Texas Counties with the Lowest Property Tax Rates
Kenedy County Texas: $200
South of Corpus Christi and bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on its eastern side, Kenedy County Texas was one of the last Texas counties established. It also happens to be the 13th largest county in Texas. It was founded in 1921 and named after Mifflin Kenedy, a steamboat captain and a renowned South Texas rancher. Today, Kenedy County is home to about 442 people and the average home value is $21,300. The average property tax payment is around $200 for people in this area and the effective property tax rate is 0.94%.
Borden County Texas: $364
Organized in 1891, Borden County was named after Gail Borden, a teacher, rancher, newspaper publisher and the man responsible for creating a successful commercial process for condensing milk. (Yes, that Borden.) Borden County is home to about 600 people and the median property value is $106,900. The average property tax bill for the area is $364 and the average effective property tax rate is 0.34%.
Ward County Texas: $457
Organized in 1892 and named after Thomas William “Peg Leg” Ward, who was the second commissioner of the General Land Office and the three-time mayor of Austin, Ward County is home to about 11,500 people. Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction are among this county’s largest industries. The median property value in Ward County falls around $85,600 putting the average tax payment at $457. Ward County’s average effective property tax rate is 0.53%.
Kent County Texas: $560
Kent County was organized in 1892 and named after Andrew Kent, a close friend of Daniel Boone who died defending the Alamo. The county is home to 680 people and the highest-paying jobs in the area range from law enforcement to farming, fishing and forestry. The median property value for the area is around $70,500, putting the average property tax payment at $555. The effective property tax rate is 0.79%
Terrell County Texas: $530
Named for Alexander Watkins Terrell, a district court judge and diplomat, Terrell County came to be in 1905. Today, the county is home to 721 people and the median property value is around $66,600. Public administration and educational services are the top employment industries in the area. The average property tax payment in Terrell County is $531 and the effective property tax rate falls around 0.80%
Top Five Texas Counties with the Highest Property Tax Rates
Borden County Texas: $364
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