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Paying too much? Comparing property tax rates for L.A. County cities

The small working-class city of Bell not only paid some of its officials the highest municipal salaries in the state, but its residents pay the highest property tax rates of all but one of Los Angeles County's 88 cities, county tax records show.

Use this chart and map to see how your city's rate compares. Keep in mind that even within cities such rates can vary due to additional assessments for schools or special services that may apply to only some areas.

This chart uses the highest tax rate for the assessed value of homes in each city. It does not account for direct assessments for services such as lighting, sewage, refuse and others charged by cities.

All county property owners pay 1% general property tax, along with special or direct assessments levied by their municipalities. The countywide average of all tax rates is 1.16%, or $11.60 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

Read more: Bell property tax rate second-highest in L.A. County

City Rank Median Income Population Property tax percentage
Industry 1 $66,616 803 1.926277
Bell 2 $40,556 38,867 1.553634
Compton 3 $43,157 99,769 1.531274
San Fernando 4 $54,068 25,366 1.463421
El Monte 5 $44,415 126,464 1.397056
Huntington Park 6 $39,185 64,219 1.389221
Palmdale 7 $63,317 152,622 1.386055
Maywood 8 $41,203 30,034 1.350846
Montebello 9 $52,623 65,781 1.322016
Inglewood 10 $46,574 119,053 1.279126
San Gabriel 11 $56,687 42,984 1.268112
Monrovia 12 $61,504 39,984 1.222003
Los Angeles 13 $48,610 4,094,764 1.220441
Baldwin Park 14 $56,585 81,604 1.191021
Lynwood 15 $48,518 73,295 1.185855
Monterey Park 16 $55,210 65,027 1.183800
Carson 17 $70,645 98,047 1.179221
Gardena 18 $52,897 61,927 1.179221
Lomita 19 $59,059 21,015 1.179221
South Gate 20 $48,312 101,914 1.179221
Vernon 21 $81,279 96 1.179221
West Hollywood 22 $52,855 37,805 1.179221
Pomona 23 $54,242 163,683 1.175465
Santa Clarita 24 $88,987 177,641 1.150565
Sierra Madre 25 $88,008 11,099 1.149366
Diamond Bar 26 $92,414 61,019 1.146754
Walnut 27 $106,893 32,659 1.146754
Lancaster 28 $56,069 145,875 1.142119
Pasadena 29 $62,825 151,576 1.135666
Paramount 30 $49,815 57,989 1.130620
South El Monte 31 $46,912 22,627 1.127983
Bell Gardens 32 $41,532 47,002 1.124141
Commerce 33 $46,245 13,581 1.124141
Cudahy 34 $39,048 26,029 1.124141
Claremont 35 $89,804 37,608 1.122970
Hawthorne 36 $43,602 90,145 1.122403
Pico Rivera 37 $56,683 66,967 1.116714
Covina 38 $66,438 49,622 1.115932
Irwindale 39 $60,959 1,717 1.115932
South Pasadena 40 $76,229 25,881 1.115736
Hawaiian Gardens 41 $46,853 15,884 1.114851
Lakewood 42 $78,764 83,636 1.114851
Long Beach 43 $50,985 494,709 1.114851
Signal Hill 44 $66,283 11,465 1.114851
Santa Monica 45 $69,013 92,703 1.113924
Avalon 46 $53,200 3,559 1.110551
Arcadia 47 $75,808 56,719 1.108212
Whittier 48 $66,891 87,128 1.108113
La Verne 49 $83,352 34,051 1.106154
San Dimas 50 $84,953 36,946 1.106154
Rosemead 51 $49,387 57,756 1.105771
San Marino 52 $158,855 13,415 1.105547
Glendora 53 $81,336 52,830 1.102878
Santa Fe Springs 54 $60,445 17,929 1.102532
Malibu 55 $138,215 13,765 1.102020
Bradbury 56 $123,773 963 1.100839
Duarte 57 $68,539 23,124 1.100839
La Cañada Flintridge 58 $148,996 21,261 1.097732
Lawndale 59 $53,150 33,641 1.095951
Alhambra 60 $53,224 89,501 1.092625
La Puente 61 $55,902 43,355 1.089743
Downey 62 $61,839 113,715 1.087909
Beverly Hills 63 $96,312 36,224 1.087422
La Mirada 64 $83,514 50,015 1.083945
Norwalk 65 $62,412 109,817 1.083945
West Covina 66 $71,898 112,890 1.082586
Agoura Hills 67 $117,608 23,387 1.081784
Calabasas 68 $126,178 23,788 1.081784
Hidden Hills 69 $203,199 2,025 1.081784
Westlake Village 70 $126,550 8,872 1.081784
Azusa 71 $53,299 49,207 1.081067
Temple City 72 $65,965 35,892 1.076403
El Segundo 73 $83,925 17,049 1.075655
Torrance 74 $76,866 149,717 1.075651
Redondo Beach 75 $92,263 68,105 1.074358
Glendale 76 $57,112 207,902 1.073990
Burbank 77 $64,416 108,469 1.071625
Culver City 78 $70,774 40,722 1.061782
Manhattan Beach 79 $136,481 36,773 1.059263
Palos Verdes Estates 80 $167,344 14,085 1.055672
Rancho Palos Verdes 81 $128,321 42,893 1.055672
Rolling Hills 82 $184,777 1,974 1.055672
Rolling Hills Estates 83 $145,628 8,157 1.055672
Artesia 84 $60,538 17,608 1.049796
Cerritos 85 $98,212 54,946 1.049796
Hermosa Beach 86 $109,509 19,599 1.036418
La Habra Heights 87 $137,034 6,161 1.036080
Bellflower 88 $53,325 77,312 1.022843
Interactive: Anthony Pesce | Reporting: Kim Christensen
Source: Property tax rates, County of Los Angeles Auditor-Controller Tax Division, Fiscal Year 2009-2010; | Household income, U.S. Census 2000 [data for city of Los Angeles is based on 2008 estimates.] | Population, Department of Finance 2010 estimate
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