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2013 Average Home Tax Bills: How Does Winchester Compare?

The average Winchester single family home tax bill leans below the average for the coming year compared to other towns and cities surveyed.

Winchester Patch recently published a chart listing the 2013 residential tax rate for 27 communities in the area, and some readers suggested that because home values differ from town to town, it'd be better to compare the average home tax bill between communities.

Fair point.

To that end, below is a new chart listing the average single family tax bill for each community, along with the average value of a single family home in each city or town and that municipality's residential tax rate. (Note that five communities included on the previous chart—Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Malden and Somerville—did not have their average single family tax bill available on the state Division of Local Services website.)

Winchester's residential tax rate for this year was on the lower end on the last chart; however, Winchester ranks on the high end on the new chart with an average single family tax bill of $9,839, between Andover and Belmont.

The lowest average home tax bill out of the 23 communities surveyed is in Woburn at $3,553, while the highest average home tax bill belongs to Lexington at $10,906.

Check the chart below to see comparisons between communities. For more information from other communities, see the attached PDF, which contains the average single family tax bill for communities from 2003 through 2013.

2013 Average Single Family Tax Bill By Municipality

Information taken from the state Division of Local Services. All numbers for 2013. In order from lowest average single family tax bill to highest.

Community Residential Tax Rate    Single Family Average Value    Average Single Family Tax Bill    Residential Exemption Woburn 10.40 $341,661 $3,553 Saugus 11.28 $325,521 $3,672 Peabody 11.98 $307,144 $3,680 Medford 12.36 $348,506 $4,308 Burlington 11.85
$382,764
$4,536 Salem 16.38 $284,531 $4,666 20% Wilmington 13.61 $349,457 $4,756 Tewksbury 15.44 $316,552 $4,888 Wakefield 12.29 $401,572 $4,935 Stoneham 13.06 $380,570 $4,970
Danvers 14.54
$349,742
$5,085 Melrose 13.03 $400,030 $5,212 Chelmsford 17.95
$323,052
$5,799 Reading 14.94
$432,271
$6,458
North Andover 13.72 $478,064 $6,559 Arlington
13.61
$502,753

$6,842
Westford
16.13

$440,011

$7,097
North Reading
16.04
$452,437
$7,257
Lynnfield 14.82 $510,995 $7,573 Andover
14.51

$549,057

$7,967
Winchester
12.77
$770,456
$9,839

Belmont 13.33 $771,100 $10,359
Lexington 15.20 $717,526 $10,906
BAV January 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Is this median or average? I ask because usually for such data, median is much more useful. High value outliers (3 million dollar houses) can dramatically skew the data). Put another way, it is likely that more people in town pay BELOW the average than ABOVE.
Daniel DeMaina January 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
The Division of Local Services data lists these numbers as presented above, as the "average." No median numbers could be found on the DLS website where the numbers were taken from (although maybe I missed them).

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