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2017 Wake County Property Tax Rates | Buying a New Home in Wake County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 07:01 AM

Wake County Taxes 2017 | Property Tax for Wake County, NC New Homes

Moving to Wake County, North Carolina?

If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.

2017 Wake County Property Tax Rates | Buying a New Home in Wake County NC

Where is Wake County? Wake County is located a short distance from Harnett CountyChatham County, Orange County, and Durham County

Wake County encompasses Angier, Apex, Cary, ClaytonFuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.

What are 2017 Property Taxes in Wake County*?

Here are the 2017 property tax rates, by town within Wake County:


To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax - like the "Combined 2016 Rate" in the table above. For example:

  • Cary has a town tax rate of 0.35
  • Wake County has a tax rate of 0.6005
  • Add the two together - the total tax rate for Cary, NC is 0.9505

How Do I Figure Out What These Property Tax Numbers Mean?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100
  • Multiply the result by the Combined 2017 Rate
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 1/1/2017

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Wake County, such as Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Zebulon.


There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Wake County Tax Rates government page for most recent information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Compare property tax rates in Wake County to other counties in the area:

Wake County Property Tax Rates 2017

Chatham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Harnett County Property Tax Rates 2017

Durham County Property Tax Rates 2017

Granville County Property Tax Rates 2017

Johnston County Property Tax Rates 2017

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2017

Lee County Property Tax Rates 2017

2017 Wake County Property Tax Rates | Buying a New Home in Wake County NC

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*Property tax rates generally update midyear.  The rates posted are current numbers as of 1/1/2017.  This post is for general information only based on public tax resources as of posting date.  Please research tax rates for your specific address before making decisions. 

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