Take a look at this link and you'll find a ranking report of the states with the highest tax burdens. But specifically look at the column labeled "Per Capita Income" because its an idiotic misrepresentation of the facts. "Per Capita Income" is defined as "Income per person" in any given area. So this report has Per Capita Income for Massachusetts at $53k annually. Which would mean the average Massachusetts household income is well over $100K. What this graph is actually showing is "average household income". Pretty sad mistake if you ask me...and many here complain about Fox State and local tax burden falls to 9.8% of income in 2009 - Feb. 23, 2011 BTW...I paid about 9.5% of my GROSS income in state & local taxes (MA) last year. Counting; Federal State Local (property tax) Soc Sec Medicare I paid 38% of my income in these taxes last year. That doesn't count all the sales, excise, utility, gasoline, toll and all other forms of "hidden" taxes we pay. So I paid well over 40% of my income in taxes in 2010.