2020’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI – WalletHub Study

With Tax Day approaching after it was delayed to July 15 due to coronavirus, WalletHub today released an updated analysis of the U.S. tax landscape, an in-depth look at the states with the Best & Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2020, as well as accompanying videos.

WalletHub used 31 metrics to compare the quality and efficiency of state-government services across five 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. Florida 42. Nevada
3. South Dakota 43. Louisiana
4. Virginia 44. Delaware
5. Missouri 45. Arkansas
6. Ohio 46. New York
7. Georgia 47. North Dakota
8. Nebraska 48. California
9. Texas 49. New Mexico
10. Tennessee 50. Hawaii

Best vs. Worst

  • Red States have a higher taxpayer return on investment, with an average ranking of 21.17, compared with 32.00 for Blue States (1 = Best).
  • Tennessee has the lowest proportion of major roads in poor or mediocre condition, 15.00 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Rhode Island, the state with the highest at 79.00 percent.
  • Maine has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.12, which is 7.9 times lower than in Alaska, the state with the most at 8.85.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births, 3.58, which is 2.3 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 8.27.