Lunenburg County ranks at top of home value growth

Published 8:00 am Friday, November 4, 2022

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A new study from financial technology company SmartAsset has listed Lunenburg County in the top tier of homes that have risen in value the most in a five-year period.

According to the study, Lunenburg County home values rose by 80.22% over the past five years, ranking them number five in Virginia when it comes to growth rates. The home value rankings are one factor in a three-part study on the places receiving the most value for their property taxes.

According to a press release from SmartAsset, the study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most value for their property tax dollars. To do this, they looked at property taxes paid, school rankings and the change in property values throughout a five-year period.

“First, we used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax amount that is collected for each county,” the press releases stated. “As a way to measure the quality of schools, we analyzed the math and reading/language arts proficiencies for every school district in the country. We created 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, we assigned every county a score between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on the average scores of the districts in each county.

Lunenburg County schools score low

According to SmartAsset, Lunenburg County Public Schools received a score of three for its school division.

Second, SmartAsset calculated each county’s property tax value change throughout a five-year period. Places, where property values rose by the most significant amount indicated where consumers were motivated to buy homes and a positive return on investment for homeowners in the community.

Lastly, the study calculated a property tax index based. Counties with the highest scores were those where property tax dollars were going the furthest.

When it came to the county property tax rate SmartAssest listed it at 0.54%.


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