The 10 Highest Cities in NJ for Property Taxes

The average New Jersey property tax jumped $172 again last year. We now stand at $9,284 firmly entrenched in the dubious position of having the highest property taxes in the United States.

Now, if we were all movie stars, business executives, and chest surgeons, that wouldn’t matter. But we are not. We are construction workers, middle managers, landscapers, teachers, etc. That $9,284 per year is a $773.66 per month bill that most struggle to pay on top of already expensive, overtaxed state. This is an untenable situation and a reform of school funding is absolutely necessary.

$9,284 is just the average. Which municipalities pay the most property taxes? Here are the top 10:

The 10 Highest Cities in NJ for Property Taxes

10 —Montclair

The place where Stephen Colbert and Patrick Wilson live had an average property tax of $20,320 in 2021. And not everyone in town is a wealthy celebrity. This is an increase of $357 over the previous year.

9 – Essex Falls

They actually saw a small drop of $39 from 2020, but that doesn’t do much to alleviate the sting of $20,374 on average for 2021.


If you were to just have this Ivy League address, it would cost you an average of $20,510 last year. That’s $158 more than in 2020.

7 — Alpine

Some truly mega-rich live here and plenty of celebrities (Stevie Wonder, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan all make their home) who pay well above the average of $21,438, up $396 from the previous year.


This small Monmouth County town of 7,000 saw its average property tax rise from $438 to $21,591 last year.

5—Glen Ridge

The privileged in this Essex County town probably don’t feel too privileged to pay $433 more last year with an average property tax of $21,647.

4 — Mountain lakes

The only Morris County city in the top 10 had an average property tax of $21,868, a jump of $243.

3 — Tenafly

I know people who live in this town in Bergen County who also know that they are disgusted at having to pay $21,966. That’s $414 more than in 2020.

2 — Demarest

It is the hardest hit town in Begen County when it comes to property taxes. Up $606 from the previous year, they are now paying $21,983.

1 —Millburn

They were #1 last year and with a $115 raise, they’re #1 again. They pay $24,485 on average.

I should note that there is actually one higher up in New Jersey, but you might not actually call it a city. Tavistock. As explains, there are only three houses and twelve residents and they essentially own the so-called town. It’s kind of in a separate category. It was formed by members of the Tavistock country club in the late 1920s and their average property tax is $30,715.

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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2021 NJ Property Taxes: See How Your City Compares

Find your municipality in this alphabetical list to see how its average property tax bill for 2021 compares to others. You can also see how much the average bill has changed since 2020. For an interactive map version, click here. And for the full analysis by New Jersey 101.5, read this story.

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