IRVING, Calif. – March 4, 2015 – A new report released by RealtyTrac on Property Taxes finds that Florida homeowners, on average, paid an average 1.18 percent effective property tax rate in 2014 (average property taxes for single family homes in 2014 divided by average estimated value of single family homes as of the end of 2014) – but that rate varies by county.

And even in counties with similar tax rates, the actual amount of money collected varies depending on local housing values.

Both Bay and Lafayette County, for example, have some of the lowest property tax rates in Florida at .85 percent and .97 percent, respectively. However, even with a lower rate, the average property tax paid by homeowners in Bay County in 2014 is higher at $1,618. In Lafayette County, the average homeowner paid $1,090.

At the other end of the spectrum, property owners in Miami-Dade County paid a 1.36 percent tax rate and an average of $6,877 in 2014.

RealtyTrac created a heat map of the United States that includes the property tax rate and average amount paid by owners in most Florida counties.

In a state-to-state comparison, 21 U.S. states paid a higher property tax rate than Florida homeowners in 2014. New York ranks highest at 3.01 percent; Alabama is at the bottom with a 0.4 percent property tax rate.