Lowest Real Estate Taxes in Central Pennsylvania 2024

Even if you pay off your house and own it free and clear, you still have to pay real estate taxes forever, so you should know where to find the lowest real estate taxes in Central PA.

If you don’t have to be in a certain location, municipality, or school district, then it might make sense to buy your next home in an area with lower real estate taxes.

Below are the current real estate tax rates (or “millages”) for Cumberland County and Dauphin County, as well as the 5 lowest real estate tax areas in each county.

How to calculate your home’s Real Estate Taxes:

Total Tax/Millage Rate X Home’s Assessed Value = Real Estate Taxes

EXAMPLE: A home in Upper Allen Township that is assessed for $250,000:

0.0190168 X $250,000 = $4,754.20 in total real estate taxes


Your home’s “Assessed Value” is NOT the “Purchase/Sale Price or “Appraised Value”. It is a separate valuation performed by the county every few years (typically every 5-15 years). You can find your home’s “Assessed Value” here…

Dauphin County Tax Assessment Database

Cumberland County Tax Assessment Database

If you realize that your home’s “Assessed Value” is higher than the actual value (puchase price, appraised value, or potential sale price), then you should appeal your home’s “Assessed Value” with the appropriate county to get it lowered, and thereby lowering your real estate taxes as well.

If your “Assessed Value” is less than the actual value (puchase price, appraised value, or potential sale price), then let it be.

Here’s where to go if you need to appeal your home’s assessed value…

Cumberland County Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeal

Dauphin County Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeal

Cumberland County

5 Lowest Real Estate Taxes by Municipality:

1. Hampden Township: 0.01418300 (2023: 0.01340800)

2. Monroe Township: 0.01468500 (2023: 0.01391000)

3. Silver Spring Township: 0.01533150 (2023: 0.01455650)

4. Hopewell Township: 0.01617200 (2023: 0.01497730)

5. South Middleton Township: 0.01619220 (2023: 0.01507870)

All Cumberland County Real Estate Tax Rates by Municipality (2024):

cumberland county pennsylvania real estate tax millage rates per municipality 2024

Dauphin County

5 Lowest Real Estate Taxes by Municipality:

1. Middle Paxton Township: 0.02468990 (2023: 0.02468990)

2. West Hanover Township: 0.02601530 (2023: 0.02601530)

3. Conewago Township: 0.02619600 (2023: 0.02619600)

5. East Hanover Township: 0.02655600 (2023: 0.02655600)

3. Lower Paxton Township: 0.0269214 (2023: 0.02598440)

All Dauphin County Real Estate Tax Rates by Municipality (2024):

dauphin county pennsylvania real estate tax millage rates per municipality 2024


Derek Bicksler

Born and raised in Central PA. I spent a happy childhood in the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg before moving to and attending high school at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High. I love the two different environments and cultures I was exposed to as a child, it has made me more tolerant of those different from me and given me a somewhat unique perspective of the world. Son to two wonderful giving parents, Harriet and Dale, who are both my inspiration for my community service. They’ve done too many good things to mention, I really look up to them. (and my grandparents were missionaries and ministers and community servants, so I have a long line of selfless givers to live up to and hopefully make proud) Father to my super smart and talented daughter, Piper, and my hilarious twins, Will and Lucy. They amaze me everyday and I know they will grow up to do awesome things. Like any parent, words don’t say how much I love them. They are everything and I pride myself on my "dadding". Successful Real Estate Professional since 2006. I sell and list homes 24/7, but more importantly, I help my clients reach their real estate goals and achieve their hopes and dreams. I work diligently every day to make sure my clients are happy and uber satisfied with their home selling or buying experience. It’s all about my clients. I enjoy giving back to my profession and taking on leadership positions; I feel it is my duty to my industry and my clients. I stay involved and in touch with what is going on in our local and national housing markets and with legislation so that I can better serve my clients and protect home ownership. Here are just a few of the positions I hold or have held in the Central PA real estate housing market: -Board of Directors - Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors (GHAR) -Board President - Greater Harrisburg Realtors Foundation -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Value & Communications Committee -Volunteer, Donator, & Mascot – GHAR Thanksgiving Food Drive -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Information Session Committee -Instructor - Using Technology in Real Estate Volunteering in the community and in my industry is important to me. I have a standing gig as the technology tutor for senior citizens at Messiah Lifeways’ Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center in Downtown Mechanicsburg and I’m active with many other groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat For Humanity (I love demo!), The Whitaker Center, New Hope Ministries, and Central Penn Food Bank, just to name a few.