Oregonians pay less in state and local taxes than the U.S. average -- but taxes take a slightly greater-than-average-share of their income because they make less money.
That's the bottom line of a new study from the Tax Foundation, which said that Oregon has the 16th highest state and local tax burden as a share of income. On a per-capita basis, Oregon is 20th in its tax burden.The drop from 16th to 20th is due to the fact that Oregonians make less than the national average in per capita income: $38,219. Oregon is in the bottom half of the states (29th) in per capita income.
So, Oregon drops near the upper middle of the pack in tax status per capita only because Oregonians make quite a bit less per capita than its northern and southern neighbors and $200/month less than Wisconsin square in the middle at 25th. Washington averages $46,456 (11th), California $45,254 (15th), and Wisconsin $40,741(25th). Here's the breakdown:
1. Connecticut - $60,287
2-6. New Jersey-Wyoming - $54,422-$50,805
7-27. Virginia-Iowa - $48,498-$40,147
28-50. Nevada-Mississippi - $39,947-$31,067