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Where Does it Cost the Most to Buy a House in the U.S.?

MONDAY, DEC 20, 2021

Where does it cost the most to buy a house in the U.S.? If you guessed San Francisco, you’d be right – somewhat. The median value of a San Francisco home rose to almost $1.1 million in 2019, the highest amount in the country. But that’s only part of the story, since the median household income in San Francisco is $112,449, which means it takes 9.8 years for the average San Francisco household to earn as much as it would take to pay off a house.

A Social Explorer analysis of median household incomes and home values from the 2015-19 American Community Survey finds it takes more than 11.7 years of median household income earnings in Kings County, N.Y., to pay for the median $706,000 home price, tops in the nation. It’s followed by New York County, N.Y. (11.4 years for a $987,700 home); Teton County, Wyo. (10.2 years, $866,600); Bronx County, N.Y. (10.1 years, $404,700); and Nantucket County, Mass. (10.1 years, $1.1 million). For truly affordable housing, it takes 0.6 years to pay for a $24,400 home in Kenedy County, Texas.

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Author: Frank Bass

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