Understanding Washington Property Taxes

Overview of Washington Taxes

Washington collects a total of $77,109,227,000 in revenue every year. Of that, $11,122,188,000 comes from property taxes, or 14.4% of total revenue. As a result, Washington has the 26th highest property tax rate in the country, which is 7.4% 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 Washington is $310,277, meaning the average Washington homeowner pays 0.99% of their home value every year in property taxes, or $9.86 for every $1,000 in home value.

Property Tax Calendar

Washington's property tax system is governed by state statute, which means that despite significant variation in what homeowners in different parts of Washington, there are important constants. Washington'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. Washington property tax appeals, which allow homeowners to contest the assessment, varies by locality. The date which property tax bills become due on is April 30 and October 31.

Property Tax Calculator

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

Property Tax Tool

If you are planning to buy a home in Washington and want to understand the size of your property tax bill, check out our Washington Property Tax Tool to see what your bill would be.

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Property Tax Information for Washington Counties

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

County Average Home Value Average Tax Bill Bill per $1,000
Adams County $154,410 $1,550 $10.00
Asotin County $200,772 $1,920 $9.60
Benton County $200,848 $2,075 $10.30
Chelan County $288,671 $2,456 $8.50
Clallam County $241,341 $2,038 $8.40
Clark County $254,894 $2,891 $11.30
Columbia County $179,947 $1,549 $8.60
Cowlitz County $204,550 $2,000 $9.80
Douglas County $220,362 $2,048 $9.30
Ferry County $207,900 $1,361 $6.50
Franklin County $185,380 $2,065 $11.10
Garfield County $158,936 $1,421 $8.90
Grant County $179,018 $1,891 $10.60
Grays Harbor County $174,123 $1,710 $9.80
Island County $339,967 $2,626 $7.70
Jefferson County $318,020 $2,384 $7.50
King County $448,421 $4,269 $9.50
Kitsap County $305,918 $2,988 $9.80
Kittitas County $306,063 $2,109 $6.90
Klickitat County $225,154 $1,721 $7.60
Lewis County $196,696 $1,721 $8.70
Lincoln County $170,638 $1,321 $7.70
Mason County $237,248 $2,057 $8.70
Okanogan County $191,455 $1,490 $7.80
Pacific County $176,923 $1,697 $9.60
Pend Oreille County $218,009 $1,341 $6.20
Pierce County $261,319 $3,046 $11.70
San Juan County $584,908 $3,326 $5.70
Skagit County $292,132 $2,746 $9.40
Skamania County $270,662 $2,043 $7.50
Snohomish County $313,210 $3,258 $10.40
Spokane County $217,008 $2,276 $10.50
Stevens County $206,941 $1,523 $7.40
Thurston County $259,095 $2,728 $10.50
Wahkiakum County $197,144 $1,603 $8.10
Walla Walla County $213,945 $2,281 $10.70
Whatcom County $305,939 $2,505 $8.20
Whitman County $205,121 $1,918 $9.30
Yakima County $180,907 $1,805 $10.00

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

Adams County Asotin County Benton County
Chelan County Clallam County Clark County
Columbia County Cowlitz County Douglas County
Ferry County Franklin County Garfield County
Grant County Grays Harbor County Island County
Jefferson County King County Kitsap County
Kittitas County Klickitat County Lewis County
Lincoln County Mason County Okanogan County
Pacific County Pend Oreille County Pierce County
San Juan County Skagit County Skamania County
Snohomish County Spokane County Stevens County
Thurston County Wahkiakum County Walla Walla County
Whatcom County Whitman County Yakima County

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