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Residential Benchmarking

Each year, the city of Calgary gathers information from cities across Canada to compile a Residential Property Tax & Utility Charges Survey.

Summaries of three measures from this survey - Typical Home Taxes, Average Home Taxes and Median Home Taxes - are provided below.

Typical Home Taxes – compares taxes on similar 3-bedroom bungalows across Canada.  The typical bungalow is described as “a 25-30 year-old detached 3-bedroom bungalow with a main floor area of 1,200 square feet, finished full basement and a double car garage, on a 6,000 square foot lot.”

Average Home Taxes – compares the average tax bill on all single-family homes.  This is the easiest of the three residential benchmarks to calculate, but does not differentiate between cities with newer or larger homes and cities with smaller or older homes.

Median Home Taxes – compares the tax bill on the median single-family home in each city.  The median home is in the “middle” of the group, i.e. half the homes in the city pay lower property taxes than the median home and half the homes pay higher taxes than the median home.  This is good measure to inform people whether they are in the lower or upper half of their group.   For property taxes, the median value is usually lower than the average value.

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Residential
Property Tax Comparison

Property Tax for a Single-Family House in 2012
in Selected Canadian Cities (dollars) 

  Average Tax on a Typical 1,200 sq.ft. Home1 Average Tax per Home2

Median
Tax per Home3

Victoria, BC 3,467 2,273 2,108
Vancouver, BC 3,319 4,517 N/A
Edmonton, AB 2,662 3,017 2,761
Leduc, AB 2,722 2,895 3,240
Red Deer, AB 2,534 2,842 2,638
Calgary, AB 2,516 2,750 2,466
Lethbridge, AB 2,435 2,595 2,436
Medicine Hat, AB 1,902 2,121 1,890
Saskatoon, SK N/A 2,812 2,649
Regina, SK 2,597 2,597 2,406
Winnipeg, MB 2,427 2,427 2,093
Toronto, ON 3,029 3,029 2,884
Halifax, NS 2,390 2,436 2,161
St. John's, NL N/A 2,756 2,120
Average 2,667 2,791 2,450

2012 Survey

Source: The City of Calgary, Chief Financial Officer’s Department, Corporate Economics, June 2013.

Notes:

  1. The typical home is defined as a 25 to 30 year-old detached 3-bedroom bungalow with a main floor area of 1,200 square feet, finished full basement and a double car garage, on a 6,000 square foot lot;
  2. The average property tax is the average property tax levy for all single detached houses in the city. The median property tax is the median property tax levy for all single detached houses in the city.

Related Charts

Property Tax on a Typical Home – 2012

Typical Tax 2012
Graph in .pdf format

Property Tax on an Average Home - 2012

Average Tax in HRM 2012
Graph in .pdf format

Property Tax on a Median Home - 2012

Median  Property Tax 2012
Graph in .pdf format

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