Overview of North Dakota Taxes
The average effective property tax rate across North Dakota is 0.99%. That's slightly below the national average of 1.07%, but it's considerably lower than the effective rate in South Dakota, which is 1.22%.
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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.
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North Dakota Property Taxes
In North Dakota, taxes on real estate help pay for local services including schools, parks and roads. They are a primary source of revenue for both city and county governments.
Property tax rates in North Dakota vary depending on where you live, but the average effective rate across the state is 0.99%. While this is below, but near, the national average, it's still much lower than the average rate of North Dakota's closest neighbor, South Dakota.
If you’re thinking about becoming a homeowner in the Peace Garden State, take a look at our North Dakota mortgage guide. It explains the important information you’ll need before you start the process of getting a mortgage. The guide will also help if you are looking to refinance a property in North Dakota.
A financial advisor in North Dakota can help you understand how homeownership fits into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial planning - including taxes, homeownership, retirement and more - to make sure you are preparing for the future.
What to Know About North Dakota Property Taxes
Property taxes in North Dakota are due on Jan. 1 of each year but are not considered late until March 1. Taxes paid by Feb. 15 receive a 5% discount on the total amount.
The property tax in North Dakota is an “ad valorem” tax, which means it is based on the value of the property to which it applies. Local assessors determine the true and fair value of property in their jurisdictions annually, generally through use of a mass appraisal, which relies on sales data and other factors.
The assessed value of all real property in North Dakota is equal to 50% of the market value. The taxable value is just a fraction of that - 9% for residential property. That means that for residential property, taxes are based on just 4.5% of the market value. So, for example, if your home is worth $200,000, your taxable value would be $9,000. Your total tax rate applies to that amount.
North Dakota Property Tax Rates
Homeowners in North Dakota face a single tax rate, which is the total of the rates levied by all the tax authorities in their area. This rate is expressed in mills. A mill is equal to 1/10th of a percent, or $1 of tax per $1,000 in taxable value.
Another way of calculating tax rates is as effective rates. An effective rate is the percentage of a home’s value paid annually in taxes, so if your home is worth $100,000 and you pay $2,000 annually in taxes, your effective rate is 2%.
The table below shows the average effective property tax rate for every North Dakota county, as well as their median home values and median annual property taxes paid.
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Located in eastern North Dakota along the state border with Minnesota, Cass County has the highest average property tax rate in the state. Cass County’s average effective property tax rate is 1.26%. In the city of Fargo, the current mill levy is 292.44 for homes within the Fargo School District. That rate applies to a home’s taxable value, which is equal to 4.5% of market value.
Burleigh County is situated along the Missouri River, in central North Dakota. It has property tax rates near the state average. The largest city in Burleigh County is Bismarck, the state capital. In 2019, the total property tax rate for Bismarck homeowners was 236.59 mills. About 107.19 mills of that total was dedicated to local school districts.
Grand Forks County
The third largest county by population in North Dakota, Grand Forks County also has among the highest property taxes. The median annual property tax paid by homeowners in Grand Forks County is $2,387. That is the second highest payment amount in the state.
The average effective property tax rate of 0.94% in Ward County ranks is the 20th-highest in the state. At that rate, the annual taxes on a home with a market value of $150,000 would be $1,410. The county’s largest city is Minot, where the 2019 mill rate was 337.70 mills.
Located across the Missouri River from Burleigh County, Morton County has property tax rates above the state average. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 1.04%, which ranks as the 12th-highest in the state.
That is also notably higher than the rate in neighboring Burleigh County, where a typical homeowner pays 0.90% of home value in property taxes each year.
Stark County is located in western North Dakota, at the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The median annual property tax payment in the county is $1,923. That ranks as the sixth-highest median in the state.
The county’s average mill rate in 2020 was 256.24 mills. That is an average across all tax districts, so rates will vary depending on where you live. In Dickinson, the county seat of Stark County, the mill rate was 257.63.
Compared to North Dakota’s other highly populated counties, Williams County has relatively low property tax rates. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 0.70%, which ranks as the 16th-lowest in the state. A person whose home is worth $150,000 would pay $1,050 a year in property taxes at that rate.
This central North Dakota county has property tax rates above both state and national averages. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 1.19%, the fifth-highest rate in the state.
Places Receiving the Most Value for Their Property Taxes
SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.
Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most value for their property tax dollars. To do this, we looked at property taxes paid, school rankings and the change in property values over a five-year period.
First, we used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.
As a way to measure the quality of schools, we analyzed the math and reading/language arts proficiencies for every school district in the country. We created an average score for each district by looking at the scores for every school in that district, weighting it to account for the number of students in each school. Within each state, we assigned every county a score between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on the average scores of the districts in each county.
Then, we calculated the change in property tax value in each county over a five-year period. Places where property values rose by the greatest amount indicated where consumers were motivated to buy homes, and a positive return on investment for homeowners in the community.
Finally, we calculated a property tax index, based on the criteria above. Counties with the highest scores were those where property tax dollars are going the furthest.