Kiplinger data also shows that West Virginians are taxed less than our neighbors in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky.
"That's a lie - this state taxes us to death," my father is probably saying right now. However, the data supports it.
Sure, West Virginia's 6-percent sales tax is higher than Ohio's 5.5 percent and Virginia's 4.3 percent. Yes, our income tax rates of 3 to 6.5 percent are more than Ohio's 0.587 to 5.925 percent, Virginia and Maryland's 2 to 5.75 percent and Pennsylvania's flat 3.07 percent.
And that pesky 35-cent state gas tax is higher than Ohio's 28 cents, Maryland's 31 cents and Pennsylvania's 32 cents.
However, as state Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow likes to tell people, West Virginia residents benefit from some of the lowest property tax rates in the country. And those rates are what pushed West Virginia near the top of Kiplinger's ratings.
Combined with the state's median home price (a relatively low $94,500), West Virginia has a median property tax of $464 - a mere fraction of what people pay in other states. Ohio's median property tax is listed as $1,836, Virginia's is $1,862, Pennsylvania's is $2,223 and Maryland's is $2,774.
The state also benefits from not having a tax on inheritance or estates.
So while perception may tell us otherwise - especially at the gas pump - West Virginia's tax structure might not be as much of a pain as it seems.