Analysis: Colleton, Richland and Beaufort counties have highest property tax rates in South Carolina

With an effective property tax rate of 1.02 percent, Colleton County has the highest tax rate among South Carolina counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

With an effective property tax rate of 1.02 percent, Colleton County has the highest tax rate among South Carolina counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

The data shows Colleton County has 10.575 single-family homes with an average estimated value of about $206,000. The average tax amount is $2,108. The effective tax rate is the percentage of a home's value the owner pays in property taxes.

Rounding out the top five counties with the highest effective property taxes are Richland (0.99 percent), Beaufort (0.85 percent), Newberry (0.76 percent) and Spartanburg (0.74 percent). 

Aiken County (0.37 percent) has the lowest ranked property tax rate in South Carolina. Only those counties with at least 10,000 single-family homes -- a total of 1,414 U.S. counties in all -- were part of the ATTOM Data Solutions analysis.

Property tax rates for South Carolina counties

CountyMetro AreaPopulation Number of Single-Family Homes  Average Estimated Value  Average Property Tax Amount Effective Property Tax Rate
Colleton

  38,004   10,575  $ 206,144  $ 2,108 1.02%
RichlandColumbia, SC  397,899   104,690  $ 165,706  $ 1,638 0.99%
BeaufortHilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC  171,420   57,605  $ 411,941  $ 3,520 0.85%
NewberryNewberry, SC  37,690   15,066  $ 153,921  $ 1,164 0.76%
SpartanburgSpartanburg, SC  291,240   85,034  $ 154,596  $ 1,150 0.74%
YorkCharlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC  240,076   94,483  $ 228,104  $ 1,631 0.71%
GreenvilleGreenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC  474,903   157,400  $ 217,770  $ 1,546 0.71%
DorchesterCharleston-North Charleston, SC  145,715   42,948  $ 217,129  $ 1,503 0.69%
BerkeleyCharleston-North Charleston, SC  193,613   50,241  $ 235,884  $ 1,625 0.69%
Clarendon

  34,178   14,502  $ 132,606  $ 882 0.66%
LexingtonColumbia, SC  273,843   85,835  $ 162,877  $ 1,070 0.66%
ChesterCharlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC  32,556   14,598  $ 105,847  $ 654 0.62%
KershawColumbia, SC  62,722   39,671  $ 155,763  $ 951 0.61%
SumterSumter, SC  107,777   46,747  $ 121,664  $ 739 0.61%
CharlestonCharleston-North Charleston, SC  372,904   98,003  $ 449,863  $ 2,712 0.60%
FairfieldColumbia, SC  23,108   11,349  $ 143,134  $ 838 0.59%
OconeeSeneca, SC  74,949   26,787  $ 214,119  $ 1,238 0.58%
GeorgetownGeorgetown, SC  60,572   15,307  $ 266,535  $ 1,520 0.57%
LancasterCharlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC  81,263   21,226  $ 150,504  $ 846 0.56%
PickensGreenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC  120,124   38,772  $ 195,771  $ 1,100 0.56%
LaurensGreenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC  66,389   23,090  $ 109,307  $ 609 0.56%
AndersonGreenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC  191,215   59,855  $ 154,776  $ 855 0.55%
HorryMyrtle Beach-Conway-

North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

  290,730   88,479  $ 237,665  $ 1,306 0.55%
FlorenceFlorence, SC  138,330   37,614  $ 142,007  $ 726 0.51%
OrangeburgOrangeburg, SC  90,575   23,161  $ 110,438  $ 504 0.46%
CherokeeGaffney, SC  55,863   15,999  $ 112,927  $ 496 0.44%
DarlingtonFlorence, SC  67,922   26,150  $ 111,381  $ 489 0.44%
UnionSpartanburg, SC  28,125   11,963  $ 91,221  $ 385 0.42%
AikenAugusta-Richmond County, GA-SC  163,908   85,568  $ 150,114  $ 551 0.37%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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