The city in every state where you're most likely to be audited by the IRS

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  • Just over 1 million tax returns were audited by the IRS in 2017.
  • Though that number represents a fraction of the 196 million tax returns filed that year, many Americans still worry about their returns being audited and anxiously try to avoid it.
  • Depending on where you live, having your tax return audited may be more common than other parts of the country or state.
  • Here are the cities in every state with the highest tax audit rates.
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No one likes to learn their income tax return has been audited by the IRS. In fact, many people wonder whether they should hire a professional come tax season in order to avoid mistakes and an unwanted audit.

Read more: 8 things that could increase your chances of being audited, and how to avoid them

For most people, the likelihood of being audited is relatively low. In 2017, the IRS audited just 1.1 million tax returns out of the 196 million that were filed that year. However, according to a new report by 24/7 Wall St., residents living in some cities across the United States report much higher audit rates.

To gather a list of the most audited city in every US state, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed data from tax analysis website Tax Notes on tax returns and audits in 382 metropolitan areas. They compiled the weighted averages for audit rates using the 2017 American Consumer Survey population estimates on the county level. Median household incomes and poverty rates for each city and state were collected through the ACS as well.

Here are the most audited cities in every state, plus the statewide audit rate, median household income, and poverty rate.

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Alabama: Mobile

Alabama: Mobile

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.69 (state: 8.20)

Median household income: $45,802 (state: $46,472)

Poverty rate: 19.3% (state: 18.0%)

Alaska: Anchorage

Alaska: Anchorage

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 6.99 (state: 7.02)

Median household income: $80,724 (state: $76,114)

Poverty rate: 8.5% (state: 10.2%)

Arizona: Yuma

Arizona: Yuma

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 9.25 (state: 7.87)

Median household income: $43,253 (state: $53,510)

Poverty rate: 19.7% (state: 17.0%)

Arkansas: Pine Bluff

Arkansas: Pine Bluff

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.75 (state: 8.16)

Median household income: $38,547 (state: $43,813)

Poverty rate: 23.4% (state: 18.1%)

California: El Centro

California: El Centro

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 9.71 (state: 7.96)

Median household income: $44,779 (state: $67,169)

Poverty rate: 23.8% (state: 15.1%)

Colorado: Pueblo

Colorado: Pueblo

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.76 (state: 7.36)

Median household income: $42,386 (state: $65,458)

Poverty rate: 19.8% (state: 11.5%)

Connecticut: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

Connecticut: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.17 (state: 7.39)

Median household income: $89,773 (state: $73,781)

Poverty rate: 8.8% (state: 10.1%)

Delaware: Dover

Delaware: Dover

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.37 (state: 7.31)

Median household income: $57,647 (state: $63,036)

Poverty rate: 13.0% (state: 12.1%)

Florida: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

Florida: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.74 (state: 8.21)

Median household income: $51,758 (state: $50,883)

Poverty rate: 16.1% (state: 15.5%)

Georgia: Albany

Georgia: Albany

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 9.39 (state: 8.40)

Median household income: $40,612 (state: $52,977)

Poverty rate: 25.7% (state: 16.9%)

Hawaii: Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina

Hawaii: Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.60 (state: 7.39)

Median household income: $72,743 (state: $74,923)

Poverty rate: 10.0% (state: 10.3%)

Idaho: Idaho Falls

Idaho: Idaho Falls

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.79 (state: 7.69)

Median household income: $54,663 (state: $50,985)

Poverty rate: 11.5% (state: 14.5%)

Illinois: Danville

Illinois: Danville

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.67 (state: 7.49)

Median household income: $44,930 (state: $61,229)

Poverty rate: 19.8% (state: 13.5%)

Indiana: South Bend-Mishawaka

Indiana: South Bend-Mishawaka

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.52 (state: 7.31)

Median household income: $48,681 (state: $52,182)

Poverty rate: 16.5% (state: 14.6%)

Iowa: Sioux City

Iowa: Sioux City

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.35 (state: 7.03)

Median household income: $54,474 (state: $56,570)

Poverty rate: 12.9% (state: 12.0%)

Kansas: Wichita

Kansas: Wichita

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.33 (state: 7.30)

Median household income: $53,953 (state: $55,477)

Poverty rate: 13.9% (state: 12.8%)

Kentucky: Bowling Green

Kentucky: Bowling Green

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.79 (state: 7.76)

Median household income: $46,716 (state: $46,535)

Poverty rate: 18.7% (state: 18.3%)

Louisiana: Monroe

Louisiana: Monroe

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.92 (state: 8.39)

Median household income: $39,904 (state: $46,710)

Poverty rate: 24.2% (state: 19.6%)

Maine: Lewiston-Auburn

Maine: Lewiston-Auburn

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.29 (state: 7.17)

Median household income: $49,538 (state: $53,024)

Poverty rate: 14.3% (state: 12.9%)

Maryland: Salisbury

Maryland: Salisbury

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.54 (state: 7.36)

Median household income: $56,283 (state: $78,916)

Poverty rate: 13.3% (state: 9.7%)

Massachusetts: Boston-Cambridge-Newton

Massachusetts: Boston-Cambridge-Newton

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.28 (state: 7.24)

Median household income: $81,838 (state: $74,167)

Poverty rate: 10.0% (state: 11.1%)

Michigan: Niles-Benton Harbor

Michigan: Niles-Benton Harbor

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.73 (state: 7.40)

Median household income: $47,132 (state: $52,668)

Poverty rate: 17.2% (state: 15.6%)

Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.01 (state: 6.99)

Median household income: $73,735 (state: $65,699)

Poverty rate: 9.4% (state: 10.5%)

Mississippi: Jackson

Mississippi: Jackson

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.76 (state: 8.86)

Median household income: $49,381 (state: $42,009)

Poverty rate: 18.5% (state: 21.5%)

Missouri: Joplin

Missouri: Joplin

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.93 (state: 7.57)

Median household income: $45,913 (state: $51,542)

Poverty rate: 15.9% (state: 14.6%)

Montana: Missoula

Montana: Missoula

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.32 (state: 7.43)

Median household income: $49,412 (state: $50,801)

Poverty rate: 15.9% (state: 14.4%)

Nebraska: Grand Island

Nebraska: Grand Island

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.48 (state: 7.16)

Median household income: $54,479 (state: $56,675)

Poverty rate: 12.3% (state: 12.0%)

Nevada: Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise

Nevada: Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.73 (state: 7.64)

Median household income: $54,882 (state: $55,434)

Poverty rate: 14.6% (state: 14.2%)

New Hampshire: Manchester-Nashua

New Hampshire: Manchester-Nashua

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 6.91 (state: 6.91)

Median household income: $75,777 (state: $71,305)

Poverty rate: 8.6% (state: 8.1%)

New Jersey: Trenton

New Jersey: Trenton

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.65 (state: 7.52)

Median household income: $77,027 (state: $76,475)

Poverty rate: 11.3% (state: 10.7%)

New Mexico: Las Cruces

New Mexico: Las Cruces

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.66 (state: 8.13)

Median household income: $39,114 (state: $46,718)

Poverty rate: 27.9% (state: 20.6%)

New York: New York-Newark-Jersey City

New York: New York-Newark-Jersey City

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.97 (state: 7.82)

Median household income: $72,205 (state: $62,765)

Poverty rate: 13.8% (state: 15.1%)

North Carolina: Rocky Mount

North Carolina: Rocky Mount

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.63 (state: 7.87)

Median household income: $41,593 (state: $50,320)

Poverty rate: 19.1% (state: 16.1%)

North Dakota: Grand Forks

North Dakota: Grand Forks

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 6.81 (state: 6.98)

Median household income: $52,377 (state: $61,285)

Poverty rate: 15.5% (state: 11.0%)

Ohio: Toledo

Ohio: Toledo

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.33 (state: 7.23)

Median household income: $48,284 (state: $52,407)

Poverty rate: 17.8% (state: 14.9%)

Oklahoma: Lawton

Oklahoma: Lawton

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.95 (state: 7.82)

Median household income: $49,608 (state: $49,767)

Poverty rate: 16.6% (state: 16.2%)

Oregon: Grants Pass

Oregon: Grants Pass

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.95 (state: 7.35)

Median household income: $40,705 (state: $56,119)

Poverty rate: 18.6% (state: 14.9%)

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.51 (state: 7.19)

Median household income: $66,285 (state: $56,951)

Poverty rate: 13.1% (state: 13.1%)

Rhode Island: Providence-Warwick

Rhode Island: Providence-Warwick

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.16 (state: 7.26)

Median household income: $61,536 (state: $61,043)

Poverty rate: 13.0% (state: 13.4%)

South Carolina: Florence

South Carolina: Florence

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.71 (state: 8.02)

Median household income: $40,888 (state: $48,781)

Poverty rate: 20.6% (state: 16.6%)

South Dakota: Rapid City

South Dakota: Rapid City

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.27 (state: 7.34)

Median household income: $52,683 (state: $54,126)

Poverty rate: 13.0% (state: 13.9%)

Tennessee: Memphis

Tennessee: Memphis

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 8.63 (state: 7.92)

Median household income: $50,194 (state: $48,708)

Poverty rate: 18.9% (state: 16.7%)

Texas: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

Texas: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 9.86 (state: 8.13)

Median household income: $37,097 (state: $57,051)

Poverty rate: 31.8% (state: 16.0%)

Utah: St. George

Utah: St. George

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.69 (state: 7.24)

Median household income: $55,175 (state: $65,325)

Poverty rate: 14.2% (state: 11.0%)

Vermont: Burlington-South Burlington

Vermont: Burlington-South Burlington

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 6.81 (state: 7.10)

Median household income: $65,476 (state: $57,808)

Poverty rate: 10.4% (state: 11.4%)

Virginia: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

Virginia: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.53 (state: 7.55)

Median household income: $61,889 (state: $68,766)

Poverty rate: 12.2% (state: 11.2%)

Washington: Yakima

Washington: Yakima

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.92 (state: 7.23)

Median household income: $47,470 (state: $66,174)

Poverty rate: 19.0% (state: 12.2%)

West Virginia: Beckley

West Virginia: Beckley

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.63 (state: 7.44)

Median household income: $41,141 (state: $44,061)

Poverty rate: 18.5% (state: 17.8%)

Wisconsin: Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis

Wisconsin: Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis

Audits per 1,000 tax returns: 7.20 (state: 6.93)

Median household income: $57,531 (state: $56,759)

Poverty rate: 14.5% (state: 12.3%)

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