With Tax Day approaching, WalletHub today released its latest analysis of the U.S. tax landscape, an in-depth look at the states with the Best & Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2017. WalletHub used 23 metrics to compare the quality and efficiency of state-government services across five distinct categories — Education, Health, Safety, Economy, and Infrastructure & Pollution — taking into account the drastically different rates at which citizens are taxed in each state.

Source: WalletHub

Best vs. Worst

  • Nebraska has the lowest proportion of major roads in poor condition, 5 percent, which is 8.8 times lower than in Connecticut, the state with the highest at 44 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.18, which is 6.2 times lower than in Alaska, the state with the highest at 7.30.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births, 4.18, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest, 9.27.
  • Red States have a higher taxpayer return on investment, with an average ranking of 21.07, compared with 32.15 for Blue States (1 = Best).

States with Best Taxpayer ROI

1. New Hampshire

2. South Dakota

3. Florida

4. Virginia

5. Alaska

6. Colorado

7. Utah

8. Missouri

9. Texas

10. Nebraska

States with Worst Taxpayer ROI

41. Vermont

42. Nevada

43. Wyoming

44. Delaware

45. Arkansas

46. New York

47. California

48. New Mexico

49. Hawaii

50. North Dakota

To read the full report, please visit https://wallethub.com/edu/state-taxpayer-roi-report/3283/