Johnston County NC Property Taxes - How Much Will I Pay To Live in Clayton or Smithfield?

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Whether you're considering relocating from one side of the Triangle to the other, or coming to the Raleigh area from Florida, New Jersey, New York, or elsewhere, you've probably wondered what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

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Where and What is Johnston County?

Johnston County is a becoming known as a place that has great home values, but is still close to Raleigh.  Johnston County borders Wake County on the southeastern side. 

For folks commuting to downtown Raleigh or RTP, popular destinations include Clayton, Archer's Lodge, and the southern outskirts of Wendell, as well as Smithfield slightly farther out (which is also home to the Raleigh area's largest outlet mall - Carolina Premium Outlets at Smithfield). Clayton is about 17 miles away from the center of downtown Raleigh.

Land values within Raleigh have risen, and in general, less land is available for homes.  In Johnston County, homebuyers can generally find more home or land for their money than within Wake County. 

How Much are Property Taxes in Clayton or Johnston County, NC?

Here are the 2008 rates, by town.  To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county property tax rate to the town property tax rate.  For example, Clayton has a town rate of .54, and the Johnston County property tax rate is .78.  Add the two together - the total tax rate for Clayton, NC is 1.32.

Clayton NC Property Tax Rates - How Much Are Property Taxes In Johnston County NC?

How Do I Convert Clayton NC Property Tax Rates to the Amount I'll Write a Check For?

It's not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price. 

  • Divide the assessed value by 100.
  • Multiply the result by the combined rate on the right side of the table.
  • The result will be your yearly property tax bill, as of 2007. 

Clayton NC Property Tax Rates - How Much Are Property Taxes In Johnston County NC?

This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities in Johnston County: Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills, as well as some of the rural areas surrounding each of these towns. 

What If The Johnston County Home I'm Considering Isn't Inside City Limits?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus a fire district or other rate. 

The fire district tax rates range from .02 to .19.

If there's a particular address you're considering, you can see the exact assessed value of the home and/or property - just enter the address here.

Johnston County Property Tax Assessment Look Up

It is possible that there are fire district rates in addition to town rates, so it does help to look up a particular address.  But in general, the tax rate tables above work well to estimate taxes. 

How Do I Know If I'm In Johnston County?

When looking at properties, don't take the city address for granted - you could be in a different county, with different tax rates, depending on where exactly the property is located.  Ask your agent to verify the actual address and county before you sign a contract.

Clayton NC Property Tax Rates - How Much Are Property Taxes In Johnston County NC?

Clayton - depending on the address, could be in Wake County or Johnston County.

Wendell - could be in Wake County or Johnston County.


Property taxes are based on assessed value, not the price the home is sold for.  The assessed value you see may be either higher or lower than the asking value of the property - it really depends on how long ago the assessment was made, and what improvements have come to the area since the assessment (or what improvements are planned for the area).   If there is a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you!

Want to Compare County Tax Rates in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Area?

Which Part of the Triangle is Cheapest to Live?  Property Tax Guide



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Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

PENNY - Very impressive information that you have put together about the taxes in your area.  I couldn't begin to do this in my area without committing to an extensive research project.  One of the biggest issues in our area is taxes, and the confusing manner in which they are determined.  Nice job, Penny!

Aug 06, 2008 11:21 PM #1
Tracy Williams Pender
Carolina MaxRealty, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
MBA, Knightdale & Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Penny - One thing to add that I learned this past weekend.  Part of Zebulon is in Johnston County too.  So a Zebulon address can be in Wake or Johnston.

Aug 07, 2008 12:52 AM #2
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Adam - thanks.  Property taxes are one of the "big factors" in making a decision on where to buy a home.  I hope the information is helpful.

Tracy - You're right!  Thanks for sharing that example - and emphasizing the importance of knowing exactly what you're buying.  Determining address and county is just another way a buyer's agent can be very helpful.

Aug 07, 2008 03:07 AM #3
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