With Tax Day approaching, WalletHub today released its latest analysis of the U.S. tax landscape, an in-depth look at the states with the Best & Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2017. WalletHub used 23 metrics to compare the quality and efficiency of state-government services across five distinct categories — Education, Health, Safety, Economy, and Infrastructure & Pollution — taking into account the drastically different rates at which citizens are taxed in each state.

States with Best Taxpayer ROI States with Worst Taxpayer ROI
1 New Hampshire 41 Vermont
2 South Dakota 42 Nevada
3 Florida 43 Wyoming
4 Virginia 44 Delaware
5 Alaska 45 Arkansas
6 Colorado 46 New York
7 Utah 47 California
8 Missouri 48 New Mexico
9 Texas 49 Hawaii
10 Nebraska 50 North Dakota

Best vs. Worst

  • Nebraska has the lowest proportion of major roads in poor condition, 5 percent, which is 8.8 times lower than in Connecticut, the state with the highest at 44 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.18, which is 6.2 times lower than in Alaska, the state with the highest at 7.30.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births, 4.18, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest, 9.27.
  • Red States have a higher taxpayer return on investment, with an average ranking of 21.07, compared with 32.15 for Blue States (1 = Best).

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POSTED: 03/29/17 at 9:28 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News