The newest updates for WRI’s infographics (covering Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties) are live with the inclusion of property tax data from 2015.

Property taxes are a public policy issue of great importance in New Jersey, as the state’s rates are some of the highest in the nation. In 6 out of 8 South Jersey counties, the average property tax per parcel increased from 2014 to 2015.  With a rise of 3.7%, both Gloucester ($6,465)i and Burlington County ($6,525) had the highest percentage increase in the region, followed by Ocean County whose residents saw a 3.2% increase. Cape May ($4,729) and Camden County ($6,199) had a more modest increase of 1.6%, while Salem County’s ($4,944) average property tax per parcel increased by 1.5%. Cumberland ($3,797) and Atlantic County ($6,463) fared better than the other six counties, with no percentage change and a decrease of 1.4%, respectively.

The Infographics capture data and trends in areas including education, income, land use, housing, crime, and poverty in easily accessible charts and graphs.  New information is regularly added in order to better serve the diverse communities of South Jersey.  WRI will be rolling out updates to crime data and county profiles over the coming weeks.

i – The dollar amounts in parentheses represent the 2015 average property tax paid per parcel in the respective county.