Here's the average tax refund in every state

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Hanna Horvath

Published January 24, 2020|4 min read

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Updated Jan. 8, 2021: For most Americans, tax season means a nice refund. In 2020, 126 million Americans received a refund (a 12% increase from last year) and the average amount was $3,267, according to the IRS.

You’ll typically receive a refund if your employer withheld too much from your paychecks or you didn’t claim deductions, credits or exemptions you were eligible for. While receiving a chunk of change in the mail is a nice surprise, it typically means your paychecks were lower than they should have been. (You can learn more about how tax refunds work here.)

The average tax refund amount varies geographically. We took a look at the average refund by state, based on 2020 data from the IRS.

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Alabama

Average refund: $2,860.25 Number of refunds: 1,638,492Total amount refunded: $4.7 billion

Alaska

Average refund: $2,894.89 Number of refunds: 271,773Total amount refunded: $789 million

Arizona

Average refund: $2,728.08 Number of refunds: 2,331,741Total amount refunded: $6.4 billion

Arkansas

Average refund: $2,823.98 Number of refunds: 991,675Total amount refunded: $2.8 billion

California

Average refund: $2,797.38 Number of refunds: 13,407,740Total amount refunded: $37.5 billion

Colorado

Average refund: $2,604.89 Number of refunds: 2,065,655Total amount refunded: $5.4 billion

Connecticut

Average refund: $2,902.75 Number of refunds: 1,358,923Total amount refunded: $3.9 billion

Delaware

Average refund: $2,619.88 Number of refunds: 367,474Total amount refunded: $963 million

District of Columbia

Average refund: $2,808.07 Number of refunds: 269,223Total amount refunded: $756 million

Florida

Average refund: $3,012.34 Number of refunds: 8,055,606Total amount refunded: $24.3 billion

Georgia

Average refund: $2,847.71 Number of refunds: 3,576,227Total amount refunded: $10.2 billion

Hawaii

Average refund: $2,546.06 Number of refunds: 533,617Total amount refunded: $1.4 billion

Idaho

Average refund: $2,529.72 Number of refunds: 585,782Total amount refunded: $1.5 billion

Illinois

Average refund: $2,822.25 Number of refunds: 4,872,529Total amount refunded: $13.8 billion

Indiana

Average refund: $2,668.40 Number of refunds: 2,615,751Total amount refunded: $7.0 billion

Iowa

Average refund: $2,616.16 Number of refunds: 1,146,222Total amount refunded: $3.0 billion

Kansas

Average refund: $2,683.57 Number of refunds: 1,043,357Total amount refunded: $2.8 billion

Kentucky

Average refund: $2,672.95 Number of refunds: 1,581,675Total amount refunded: $4.2 billion

Louisiana

Average refund: $3,079.80 Number of refunds: 1,588,119Total amount refunded: $4.9 billion

Maine

Average refund: $2,328.41 Number of refunds: 517,334Total amount refunded: $1.2 billion

Maryland

Average refund: $2,672.55 Number of refunds: 2,227,294Total amount refunded: $6.0 billion

Massachusetts

Average refund: $2,725.41 Number of refunds: 2,696,394Total amount refunded: $7.3 billion

Michigan

Average refund: $2,606.14 Number of refunds: 3,791,855Total amount refunded: $9.9 billion

Minnesota

Average refund: $2,486.39 Number of refunds: 2,112,159Total amount refunded: $5.3 billion

Mississippi

Average refund: $2,989.19 Number of refunds: 1,005,548Total amount refunded: $3 billion

Missouri

Average refund: $2,691.76 Number of refunds: 2,217,842Total amount refunded: $6.0 billion

Montana

Average refund: $2,436.63 Number of refunds: 375,903Total amount refunded: $916 million

Nebraska

Average refund: $2,642.20 Number of refunds: 715,696Total amount refunded: $1.9 billion

Nevada

Average refund: $2,885.38 Number of refunds: 1,152,508Total amount refunded: $3.3 billion

New Hampshire

Average refund: $2,584.05 Number of refunds: 561,334Total amount refunded: $1.5 billion

New Jersey

Average refund: $2,833.90 Number of refunds: 3,393,019Total amount refunded: $9.6 billion

New Mexico

Average refund: $2,685.09 Number of refunds: 725,776Total amount refunded: $1.9 billion

New York

Average refund: $2,886.25 Number of refunds: 7,545,898Total amount refunded: $21.8 billion

North Carolina

Average refund: $2,646.12 Number of refunds: 3,613,826Total amount refunded: $9.6 billion

North Dakota

Average refund: $2,814.67 Number of refunds: 283,749Total amount refunded: $799 million

Ohio

Average refund: $2,510.58 Number of refunds: 4,560,053Total amount refunded: $11.4 billion

Oklahoma

Average refund: $2,907.86 Number of refunds: 1,300,715Total amount refunded: $3.8 billion

Oregon

Average refund: $2,327.42 Number of refunds: 1,442,205Total amount refunded: $3.6 billion

Pennsylvania

Average refund: $2,627.99 Number of refunds: 5,054,754Total amount refunded: $13.3 billion

Rhode Island

Average refund: $2,548.02 Number of refunds: 435,736Total amount refunded: $1.1 billion

South Carolina

Average refund: $2,599.55 Number of refunds: 1,738,140Total amount refunded: $4.5 billion

South Dakota

Average refund: $2,740.28 Number of refunds: 331,267Total amount refunded: $908 million

Tennessee

Average refund: $2,802.09 Number of refunds: 2,487,404Total amount refunded: $7.0 billion

Texas

Average refund: $3,201.61 Number of refunds: 10,305,830Total amount refunded: $33 billion

Utah

Average refund: $2,701.76 Number of refunds: 1,067,458Total amount refunded: $2.9 billion

Vermont

Average refund: $2,349.08 Number of refunds: 254,237Total amount refunded: $597 million

Virginia

Average refund: $2,710.97 Number of refunds: 3,073,431Total amount refunded: $8.3 billion

Washington

Average refund: $2,769.34 Number of refunds: 2,807,638Total amount refunded: $7.8 billion

West Virginia

Average refund: $2,691.49 Number of refunds: 643,881Total amount refunded: $1.7 billion

Wisconsin

Average refund: $2,403.18 Number of refunds: 2,231,793Total amount refunded: $5.4 billion

Wyoming

Average refund: $2,913.17 Number of refunds: 215,618Total amount refunded: $628 million

Tax refunds are a common type of unclaimed property, or money that’s gone dormant. Think you have unclaimed money waiting for you? Check out our state-by-state guide on how to file a claim.

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