A recent study conducted by the company SmartAsset ranks Jackson and Vinton counties 8th and 9th, respectively, on a list of the top 10 places in Ohio where people are getting the most value for their property tax dollars. The study takes into consideration the amount of property taxes paid, school rankings and the change in property values over a five-year period and cites the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, the U.S. Department of Education and Zillow as sources.

To compile these figures, SmartAsset first looks at the number of households, the median income value and average property tax rate to calculate property tax collected per capita for each county.

In measuring the quality of schools, the company analyzes the math and reading/language arts proficiencies for every school district in the country. They then create an average score for each district by looking at the scores for every school in that district, weighting it to account for the number of students in each school. Within each state, every county is assigned a score between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on the average scores of the districts in each county.

Next, the change in property value is calculated in each county over a five-year period. Places where property values rose by the greatest amount indicated where consumers were motivated to buy homes, and a positive return on investment for homeowners in the community.

Finally, a property tax index is calculated, based on the criteria above. Counties with the highest scores were those where property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Jackson, ranked 8th in Ohio, is listed as having a property tax rate of 1.16 percent, a school ranking of 5.0 and a home value growth rate of 38.14 percent, for an overall index score of 58.26. Vinton County, ranked 9th, is listed as having a property tax rate of 1.15 percent, a school ranking of 3.0 and a home value growth rate of 52.41 percent, for an overall index score of 57.59. Morgan County, which tops the list for Ohio, has a property tax rate of 0.98 percent, a school ranking of 6.0 and a home value growth rate of 35.88 percent, for an overall index score of 64.19.