The Most Taxed States in the U.S.

Our methodology

We’ve crunched the numbers, divided each state’s population by the corresponding state taxes collected in 2009, and come up with a ranking of the most taxed states. This is a per capita calculation of the total tax burden for each state — and isn’t actually what every individual is paying, but what each individual would pay if the taxes were divided equally among everyone, except big corporate interests. We have subtracted taxes paid to the state for licenses, corporate income taxes, and severance taxes (excise taxes on natural resources "severed" from the earth). So what we have come up with is a calculation of the 10 states with the highest taxes for individuals and families. You might be surprised by the results. Photo Credit: pinksherbet