Where are property taxes the highest? 

 

Property taxes create the same reactions in most Iowans: anger and frustration. However, since property tax bills are determined by a handful of local taxing authorities in each community, the size of those bills varies across the state.

The map above and table below shows estimated property taxes based on the consolidated property tax rates for the 100 largest cities in Iowa.  Consolidated rates include city, county, and school district levies, as well as other smaller taxing authorities such as community colleges and county hospitals. 

Property tax estimates are provided for homes with assessed values of $153,900 (the median home value in the state), $250,000, and $350,000.  Hover over a city and an estimated total property tax bill will be provided for the three assessed values. 

 

Estimated Property Tax Bills for taxes payable in September 2021 and March 2022.

Rank City $153,900 - Iowa's Median 
Assessed House Value
$250,000 Assessed
House Value
$350,000 Assessed
House Value
1 Spirit Lake $2,241 $3,640 $5,096
2 Eldridge $2,247 $3,650 $5,109
3 Carroll $2,292 $3,723 $5,212
4 Le Mars $2,368 $3,846 $5,385
5 Evansdale $2,558 $4,156 $5,818
6 Dyersville $2,575 $4,183 $5,856
7 Clear Lake $2,579 $4,190 $5,866
8 Asbury $2,726 $4,428 $6,199
9 Dubuque $2,753 $4,472 $6,260
10 Orange City $2,804 $4,554 $6,376
11 Sergeant Bluff $2,824 $4,587 $6,422
12 Sheldon $2,856 $4,639 $6,495
13 Le Claire $2,934 $4,767 $6,674
14 Cherokee $2,938 $4,773 $6,682
15 Algona $2,940 $4,776 $6,687
16 Ames $2,956 $4,801 $6,722
17 Sioux Center $2,960 $4,808 $6,731
18 Pella $2,982 $4,845 $6,783
19 Clive $3,033 $4,927 $6,898
20 Grinnell $3,059 $4,968 $6,956
21 Waverly $3,087 $5,014 $7,020
22 Bettendorf $3,092 $5,022 $7,031
23 Maquoketa $3,155 $5,125 $7,175
24 North Liberty $3,161 $5,134 $7,188
25 Nevada $3,179 $5,164 $7,230
26 Waukee $3,195 $5,190 $7,266
27 Tiffin $3,196 $5,191 $7,268
28 Fort Madison $3,200 $5,198 $7,277
29 Cedar Falls $3,203 $5,204 $7,285
30 Humboldt $3,206 $5,207 $7,290
31 Decorah $3,209 $5,213 $7,298
32 Manchester $3,216 $5,224 $7,314
33 Camanche $3,217 $5,225 $7,315
34 Harlan $3,233 $5,252 $7,353
35 Spencer $3,246 $5,273 $7,382
36 Charles City $3,253 $5,285 $7,399
37 Fairfield $3,265 $5,303 $7,424
38 Forest City $3,265 $5,304 $7,426
39 Adel $3,282 $5,331 $7,464
40 Hiawatha $3,298 $5,358 $7,501
41 Muscatine $3,299 $5,359 $7,502
42 Clarinda $3,302 $5,363 $7,509
43 Oskaloosa $3,312 $5,379 $7,531
44 Sioux City $3,313 $5,382 $7,534
45 Dewitt $3,325 $5,402 $7,562
46 Mt. Pleasant $3,336 $5,419 $7,586
47 Mason City $3,336 $5,420 $7,588
48 Huxley $3,347 $5,436 $7,611
49 Mount Vernon $3,366 $5,467 $7,654
50 Pleasant Hill $3,368 $5,472 $7,660
51 Hampton $3,393 $5,512 $7,716
52 Oelwein $3,397 $5,519 $7,726
53 Coralville $3,401 $5,525 $7,734
54 Shenandoah $3,405 $5,532 $7,744
55 Anamosa $3,411 $5,541 $7,758
56 Indianola $3,436 $5,581 $7,814
57 Iowa Falls $3,439 $5,586 $7,821
58 Polk City $3,441 $5,590 $7,826
59 Johnston $3,442 $5,592 $7,828
60 Urbandale $3,454 $5,611 $7,855
61 Ankeny $3,456 $5,614 $7,860
62 Atlantic $3,465 $5,629 $7,881
63 West Des Moines $3,469 $5,635 $7,889
64 Marion $3,479 $5,652 $7,912
65 Estherville $3,483 $5,659 $7,922
66 Independence $3,499 $5,683 $7,957
67 Storm Lake $3,500 $5,685 $7,959
68 Waterloo $3,507 $5,698 $7,977
69 Vinton $3,514 $5,708 $7,991
70 Iowa City $3,519 $5,717 $8,004
71 Denison $3,523 $5,723 $8,013
72 Grimes $3,525 $5,727 $8,017
73 Glenwood $3,557 $5,778 $8,089
74 Altoona $3,560 $5,782 $8,095
75 Jefferson $3,561 $5,784 $8,098
76 Boone $3,586 $5,825 $8,155
77 Burlington $3,624 $5,886 $8,241
78 Bondurant $3,625 $5,889 $8,245
79 Marshalltown $3,627 $5,892 $8,249
80 Cedar Rapids $3,634 $5,904 $8,265
81 Webster City $3,646 $5,922 $8,291
82 Washington $3,659 $5,943 $8,321
83 Windsor Heights $3,688 $5,990 $8,386
84 Osceola $3,716 $6,036 $8,450
85 Perry $3,725 $6,052 $8,472
86 Knoxville $3,732 $6,063 $8,488
87 Newton $3,740 $6,075 $8,505
88 Chariton $3,747 $6,087 $8,521
89 Winterset $3,788 $6,153 $8,614
90 Keokuk $3,798 $6,169 $8,637
91 Council Bluffs $3,843 $6,242 $8,739
92 Centerville $3,869 $6,285 $8,798
93 Creston $3,871 $6,287 $8,802
94 Davenport $3,895 $6,328 $8,859
95 Norwalk $3,901 $6,336 $8,871
96 Des Moines $4,036 $6,556 $9,178
97 Clinton $4,074 $6,618 $9,265
98 Red Oak $4,101 $6,661 $9,326
99 Ottumwa $4,173 $6,779 $9,491
100 Fort Dodge $4,186 $6,800 $9,520

The estimates do not take into account homestead credits, military exemptions, or special taxing authorities within a city such as a Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District, Benefited Fire, etc.

The consolidated rate for those cities with multiple school districts reflects the school district's tax rate containing the majority of value in the city.

 

Sources: 
Median owner-occupied house value: U.S. Census Bureau
Consolidated property tax rates: Iowa Department of Management