Lists and rankings are surefire click bait and instant wisdom for Web surfers. The way to gain fame is to make the good lists -- Oscars, Forbes billionaires, best place to live etc. Membership on bad lists summons notoriety, deserved or not. Worst dressed. 10 Things We Hate. Forbes billionaires!
The Tax Foundation keeps the main tax scoreboard, listing states by income taxes, sales taxes and so forth. The most-often consulted rankings are those relying on tax rates -- the percentage tax people pay on a given dollar of retail sales, income, gross receipts or whatever. I rely on the Tax Foundation stats often in my column, noting for example how many other states have sale taxes equal to or greater than Maryland's 6 percent, or which states have top personal-income brackets higher than Maryland's. (There aren't many, when you include the local, "piggyback" income tax.)