13 North Carolina Counties with the Lowest Property Rates

13 Counties in North Carolina With Low Tax Rates

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The 13 North Carolina counties that meet my living criteria and with property tax rates at or below 0.6% are highlighted in green in the cover image and in images below. 

These are the North Carolina counties where I'll look for property to purchase and build a homestead.

Let's face it, there are many areas in North Carolina that would be great places to start a homestead. But how do you look for land over such a large area without considerable effort?

To narrow down the search area I picked a low property tax rate (0.6%) at the county level and highlighted those counties in the four states that met my other criteria.

North Carolina Counties

with the Lowest County Property Tax Rates

If you compare the table below to the cover image you'll notice that there are three counties missing in the table compared to the image.

The reason for this is that during my research for this post, I found out that three counties, Mitchell, Yancey, and Graham are mostly "dry" counties.

Not to sound like an alcoholic, but if I want to buy some beer or booze, I don't want to have to drive out of the county to do so. For that reason, I removed those counties from the search. 

Below is a table that lists the North Carolina counties that have property tax rates below 0.6%. I've also included (for my purposes) the county seat and links that give a broad overview of the county and a link to the county government home page.


Property Tax Rate (%)

County Seat

Wiki Link

County Web Site





















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The reason I listed the county seat and links to county information is so I know I can access those data if I need them while I'm on the road looking for land.

Remember, this website has multiple purposes. Not only is it an educational site, it contains research data I may need and documents my journey to finding a homestead.

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Where Are These 13  10 Counties?

Below is a map of the 13 North Carolina counties. The three "dry" counties have a line drawn across their names. 

This is the area where I'll begin to concentrate my property search in North Carolina.

north carolina county property search

As you can see, the counties are in the western mountain range in the northwestern and southwestern corners of the state.

Now, if a nice property becomes available in a different county I most likely won't pass it up for a difference in property tax of 0.2%. But the search needed to be narrowed down so why not start with the counties with the lowest tax rates.

If I don't like the land in a particular county once I get my eyes on it it will be removed from the search. The opposite is true also, if I fall in love with place the search will be concentrated to that county.

For reference, below is a map of all the North Carolina counties.

all north carolina counties

Stay Tuned

If you've read this far, I'm glad you're interested. Some of this information might be useful to other people looking for land in North Carolina this is the reason I went to the trouble to write the post.

Again, when I'm on the road I can bring this post up to see how close I'm to counties that interest me and I'll have access to other information via the posted links (assuming cellular or internet access).

Besides North Carolina, I'll write similar posts on the following states:

  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky

Once a post is written, I'll link it above. 

What Is Your Experience?

I'd love to hear your experience looking for property out of state, how did you find and purchase your land?

If you live in any of these counties, or have knowledge of the area, please leave a comment below or contact me here.

I'd love to hear your experience and views. Tell me I'm crazy if you want. Anything will help, even if it's setting me straight!

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