Understanding California Property Taxes

Overview of California Taxes

California collects a total of $455,801,932,000 in revenue every year. Of that, $63,305,661,000 comes from property taxes, or 13.9% of total revenue. As a result, California has the 34th highest property tax rate in the country, which is 24.7% less than the national average of 1.06%. Generally speaking, states where property taxes make up a higher percentage of total state revenue have higher property tax rates, and states where property taxes make up a smaller percentage of state revenue have lower property tax rates.

How does this translate to what homeowners actually pay? The average home value across California is $479,695, meaning the average California homeowner pays 0.80% of their home value every year in property taxes, or $8.02 for every $1,000 in home value.

Property Tax Calendar

California's property tax system is governed by state statute, which means that despite significant variation in what homeowners in different parts of California, there are important constants. California's assessment date, which is both the point in time when the owner of a property is liable for property tax and the point in time at the property's value is determined, is January 1. California property tax appeals, which allow homeowners to contest the assessment, starts July 2. The date which property tax bills become due on is October 1 and February.

Property Tax Calculator

If you are are a current homeowner in California or are looking at buying a specific property in California, check out our California Property Tax Calculator to determine if you should consider appealing your property tax assessment.

Property Tax Tool

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Property Tax Information for California Counties

The table below will help provide more information about how property taxes work in each county in California.

County Average Home Value Average Tax Bill Bill per $1,000
Alameda County $566,427 $5,074 $9.00
Alpine County $367,722 $2,850 $7.80
Amador County $288,229 $2,293 $8.00
Butte County $245,550 $1,966 $8.00
Calaveras County $277,419 $2,395 $8.60
Colusa County $236,718 $1,694 $7.20
Contra Costa County $513,686 $4,749 $9.20
Del Norte County $216,454 $1,542 $7.10
El Dorado County $386,107 $3,421 $8.90
Fresno County $223,910 $2,096 $9.40
Glenn County $298,906 $1,946 $6.50
Humboldt County $308,283 $2,057 $6.70
Imperial County $158,366 $1,566 $9.90
Inyo County $253,196 $1,603 $6.30
Kern County $188,253 $2,123 $11.30
Kings County $192,049 $1,719 $8.90
Lake County $221,049 $1,740 $7.90
Lassen County $227,978 $1,668 $7.30
Los Angeles County $553,813 $4,196 $7.60
Madera County $231,429 $1,860 $8.00
Marin County $946,767 $7,324 $7.70
Mariposa County $295,456 $1,933 $6.50
Mendocino County $366,024 $2,334 $6.40
Merced County $211,257 $1,814 $8.60
Modoc County $208,233 $1,353 $6.50
Mono County $438,107 $2,565 $5.90
Monterey County $495,285 $3,434 $6.90
Napa County $575,337 $4,044 $7.00
Nevada County $389,599 $3,090 $7.90
Orange County $613,448 $4,591 $7.50
Placer County $389,474 $3,840 $9.90
Plumas County $273,341 $1,955 $7.20
Riverside County $270,410 $3,047 $11.30
Sacramento County $270,691 $2,541 $9.40
San Benito County $411,221 $3,456 $8.40
San Bernardino County $255,349 $2,501 $9.80
San Diego County $496,167 $3,910 $7.90
San Francisco County $938,428 $6,150 $6.60
San Joaquin County $250,647 $2,529 $10.10
San Luis Obispo County $482,282 $3,480 $7.20
San Mateo County $935,301 $6,271 $6.70
Santa Barbara County $677,584 $4,143 $6.10
Santa Clara County $786,890 $6,023 $7.70
Santa Cruz County $612,189 $4,300 $7.00
Shasta County $249,576 $1,878 $7.50
Sierra County $333,157 $1,732 $5.20
Siskiyou County $219,936 $1,677 $7.60
Solano County $297,756 $2,814 $9.50
Sonoma County $501,114 $3,695 $7.40
Stanislaus County $225,378 $2,079 $9.20
Sutter County $236,362 $2,230 $9.40
Tehama County $212,828 $1,555 $7.30
Trinity County $291,980 $1,728 $5.90
Tulare County $197,837 $1,692 $8.60
Tuolumne County $294,468 $1,987 $6.70
Ventura County $503,492 $3,972 $7.90
Yolo County $366,339 $3,303 $9.00
Yuba County $207,369 $2,102 $10.10

Want to learn more about California property taxes? Check out out our county-specific property tax pages linked below:

Alameda County Alpine County Amador County
Butte County Calaveras County Colusa County
Contra Costa County Del Norte County El Dorado County
Fresno County Glenn County Humboldt County
Imperial County Inyo County Kern County
Kings County Lake County Lassen County
Los Angeles County Madera County Marin County
Mariposa County Mendocino County Merced County
Modoc County Mono County Monterey County
Napa County Nevada County Orange County
Placer County Plumas County Riverside County
Sacramento County San Benito County San Bernardino County
San Diego County San Francisco County San Joaquin County
San Luis Obispo County San Mateo County Santa Barbara County
Santa Clara County Santa Cruz County Shasta County
Sierra County Siskiyou County Solano County
Sonoma County Stanislaus County Sutter County
Tehama County Trinity County Tulare County
Tuolumne County Ventura County Yolo County
Yuba County

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