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What a Typical Home Costs in Every State

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Due in large part to the subprime mortgage crisis that lasted from 2007 to 2010, the U.S. housing market has undergone unprecedented change in the last 10 years. As the housing bubble burst, the national median home sale price dipped by more than 31%, from $219,000 in 2006 to $150,500 in 2011. Despite relatively rapid improvements since, housing prices across the U.S. remain slightly lower than they were a decade ago.

Every state’s housing market is unique. Differences in demand, the age and condition of available homes, and the quality of schools and other geographic and social attractions in the market can lead regional home prices to vary dramatically from one state to the next.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2016 median sales prices to identify the cost of a home in every state. According to data provided by ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data analytics company, Hawaii leads all states with a median sale price of $485,000, while West Virginia is at the bottom with a median home sale price of $122,550.

Click here to see the what a typical home costs in every state.

The recovery from the subprime mortgage crisis has not been even across the country. While home prices in some states are still much lower than their pre-recession levels, home prices in other states are well above pre-recession levels. In many of these places, the robust housing market recovery can be partially attributed to increasing demand.

Many of the states with the greatest housing price recoveries — including Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas — have also had the greatest population booms. In each of those states, the population grew at more than double the 10-year national growth rate of 7.9%, and median home sale prices have increased by more than one-third since 2006.

Housing prices in a given state are driven partly by what people can afford. Not surprisingly, incomes are relatively high in states with more expensive homes, and they are lower in less expensive real estate markets. The typical American household earns $55,775 a year. Incomes are below the national median in each of the 10 states with the lowest home sale prices, and incomes exceed the national median income in nine of the 10 states with the highest home sale prices.

While incomes tend to be higher in more expensive housing markets, the relation is not perfectly linear. While areas with higher real estate values also tend to be home to higher earners, median incomes in these areas comprise a considerably smaller share of median real estate prices. For example, though the median household income in Hawaii is the second highest of any state, it only comprises about 15% of the median home sale price. Meanwhile, though West Virginia is one of the poorest states, a typical household earns about 34% of the statewide median housing price.

Irrespective of income, home prices in a given state affect how likely residents are to buy a home. For example, in West Virginia, the state with the lowest median housing price in the country, 72.3% of homes are owner occupied — the highest homeownership rate of any state. On a broader scale, 19 of the 20 states with the lowest median home sale prices have a higher homeownership rate than is typical nationwide.

Lower real estate values not only affect homeownership rates, but also how people pay for their homes. Of the 10 states with the lowest median home sale price, only one has a higher share of homeowners with a mortgage than the comparable 63.3% national rate. Similarly, all 10 of the states with the highest home value have a larger than typical share of homeowners with a mortgage.

To determine how much it costs to buy a home in each state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed median home sale prices from ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data analytics company. No data was available for South Dakota. Historic sales price data for each year since 2006 were also provided by ATTOM. We also reviewed state population and population change figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey. Homeownership rates, mortgage loan rates, and incomes are also from the ACS.

This what a typical home costs in every state.

Upshur County, West Virginia

49. West Virginia
> Median list price: $122,550
> 10 yr. price change: 33.2% (6th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 72.3% (the highest)
> Median household income: $42,019 (4th lowest)

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Columbus, Ohio

48. Ohio
> Median list price: $130,000
> 10 yr. price change: 6.1% (22nd lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.4% (24th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,075 (18th lowest)

Automobile Alley Oklahoma City

47. Oklahoma
> Median list price: $130,500
> 10 yr. price change: 31.8% (7th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.3% (23rd lowest)
> Median household income: $48,568 (13th lowest)

Detroit, Michigan

46. Michigan
> Median list price: $134,900
> 10 yr. price change: 2.6% (20th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.4% (8th highest)
> Median household income: $51,084 (19th lowest)

Kentucky

45. Kentucky
> Median list price: $140,000
> 10 yr. price change: 19.1% (14th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.3% (21st highest)
> Median household income: $45,215 (6th lowest)

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Crossing the Dauphin Island Bridge Alabama

44. Alabama
> Median list price: $143,500
> 10 yr. price change: 2.5% (18th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 67.9% (15th highest)
> Median household income: $44,765 (5th lowest)

Iowa

43. Iowa
> Median list price: $144,300
> 10 yr. price change: 21.3% (11th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.7% (7th highest)
> Median household income: $54,736 (25th highest)

Memphis, Tennessee

42. Tennessee
> Median list price: $145,000
> 10 yr. price change: 28.9% (8th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.8% (25th lowest)
> Median household income: $47,275 (10th lowest)

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Arkansas, Countryside

41. Arkansas
> Median list price: $145,000
> 10 yr. price change: 16.0% (19th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.2% (21st lowest)
> Median household income: $41,995 (3rd lowest)

Lincoln, Nebraska

40. Nebraska
> Median list price: $152,000
> 10 yr. price change: 18.8% (15th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.9% (25th highest)
> Median household income: $54,996 (24th highest)

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Kansas

39. Kansas
> Median list price: $157,938
> 10 yr. price change: 34.9% (5th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.4% (20th highest)
> Median household income: $53,906 (24th lowest)

St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois

38. Missouri
> Median list price: $159,668
> 10 yr. price change: 10.1% (25th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.1% (23rd highest)
> Median household income: $50,238 (16th lowest)

Philadelphia skyline - Pennsylvania - USA United States of America

37. Pennsylvania
> Median list price: $161,000
> 10 yr. price change: 7.3% (25th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 68.7% (11th highest)
> Median household income: $55,702 (21st highest)

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Allendale County, South Carolina

36. South Carolina
> Median list price: $161,500
> 10 yr. price change: 16.2% (18th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 68.1% (13th highest)
> Median household income: $47,238 (9th lowest)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

35. Louisiana
> Median list price: $162,000
> 10 yr. price change: 11.7% (23rd highest)
> Homeownership rate: 64.6% (19th lowest)
> Median household income: $45,727 (8th lowest)

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Lake County, Indiana

34. Indiana
> Median list price: $163,233
> 10 yr. price change: 18.1% (16th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 68.2% (12th highest)
> Median household income: $50,532 (17th lowest)

Georgia

33. Georgia
> Median list price: $166,900
> 10 yr. price change: 6.8% (24th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.8% (11th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,244 (20th lowest)

Wisconsin (farm)

32. Wisconsin
> Median list price: $167,200
> 10 yr. price change: -1.4% (16th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.8% (18th highest)
> Median household income: $55,638 (23rd highest)

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31. North Carolina
> Median list price: $177,000
> 10 yr. price change: 16.4% (17th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 63.9% (17th lowest)
> Median household income: $47,830 (11th lowest)

Chicago, Illinois 2

30. Illinois
> Median list price: $185,000
> 10 yr. price change: -13.1% (10th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.3% (22nd lowest)
> Median household income: $59,588 (18th highest)

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Panama City Beach, Florida, view of Front Beach Road at night

29. Florida
> Median list price: $185,000
> 10 yr. price change: -19.0% (4th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 63.8% (16th lowest)
> Median household income: $49,426 (14th lowest)

Fargo, North Dakota

28. North Dakota
> Median list price: $190,000
> 10 yr. price change: 44.0% (2nd highest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.7% (9th lowest)
> Median household income: $60,557 (16th highest)

Burlington (Chittenden County), Vermont

27. Vermont
> Median list price: $195,000
> 10 yr. price change: 5.4% (21st lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.7% (6th highest)
> Median household income: $56,990 (20th highest)

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New Mexico

26. New Mexico
> Median list price: $196,330
> 10 yr. price change: -1.5% (15th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 67.5% (16th highest)
> Median household income: $45,382 (7th lowest)

Capital Building, Jackson, Mississippi

25. Mississippi
> Median list price: $207,783
> 10 yr. price change: 90.6% (the highest)
> Homeownership rate: 67.4% (17th highest)
> Median household income: $40,593 (2nd lowest)

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24. Arizona
> Median list price: $209,000
> 10 yr. price change: -15.9% (6th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.9% (12th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,492 (21st lowest)

23. Idaho
> Median list price: $210,489
> 10 yr. price change: 2.6% (19th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 69.0% (9th highest)
> Median household income: $48,275 (12th lowest)

Dover, Delaware

22. Delaware
> Median list price: $212,000
> 10 yr. price change: -2.3% (14th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.8% (5th highest)
> Median household income: $61,255 (14th highest)

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Austin, Texas

21. Texas
> Median list price: $214,783
> 10 yr. price change: 36.6% (4th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.1% (7th lowest)
> Median household income: $55,653 (22nd highest)

Las Vegas, Nevada

20. Nevada
> Median list price: $216,000
> 10 yr. price change: -24.8% (3rd lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 54.0% (4th lowest)
> Median household income: $52,431 (23rd lowest)

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Wyoming

19. Wyoming
> Median list price: $219,450
> 10 yr. price change: 20.2% (12th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 68.0% (14th highest)
> Median household income: $60,214 (17th highest)

Minnesota

18. Minnesota
> Median list price: $219,900
> 10 yr. price change: 0.6% (17th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.9% (3rd highest)
> Median household income: $63,488 (12th highest)

Hartford, Connecticut

17. Connecticut
> Median list price: $227,500
> 10 yr. price change: -13.3% (7th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.2% (22nd highest)
> Median household income: $71,346 (5th highest)

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Providence, Rhode Island

16. Rhode Island
> Median list price: $230,000
> 10 yr. price change: -13.2% (9th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 59.0% (6th lowest)
> Median household income: $58,073 (19th highest)

Helena, Montana

15. Montana
> Median list price: $230,608
> 10 yr. price change: 28.8% (9th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 66.7% (19th highest)
> Median household income: $49,509 (15th lowest)

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14. New Hampshire
> Median list price: $232,000
> 10 yr. price change: -3.3% (13th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 70.9% (4th highest)
> Median household income: $70,303 (7th highest)

Maine

13. Maine
> Median list price: $235,220
> 10 yr. price change: 19.5% (13th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 71.0% (2nd highest)
> Median household income: $51,494 (22nd lowest)

Baltimore, Maryland

12. Maryland
> Median list price: $242,000
> 10 yr. price change: -13.3% (8th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.9% (24th highest)
> Median household income: $75,847 (the highest)

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Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

11. New York
> Median list price: $247,000
> 10 yr. price change: -30.3% (2nd lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 53.1% (2nd lowest)
> Median household income: $60,850 (15th highest)

Utah

10. Utah
> Median list price: $258,665
> 10 yr. price change: 15.8% (20th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 68.9% (10th highest)
> Median household income: $62,912 (13th highest)

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Sussex County, New Jersey

9. New Jersey
> Median list price: $265,000
> 10 yr. price change: -17.2% (5th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 63.0% (14th lowest)
> Median household income: $72,222 (4th highest)

Beaverton High School, Beaverton, Oregon

8. Oregon
> Median list price: $275,000
> 10 yr. price change: 15.4% (21st highest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.1% (8th lowest)
> Median household income: $54,148 (25th lowest)

Alaska

7. Alaska
> Median list price: $291,536
> 10 yr. price change: 14.8% (22nd highest)
> Homeownership rate: 63.9% (18th lowest)
> Median household income: $73,355 (3rd highest)

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Nottingham Elementary School, Virginia

6. Virginia
> Median list price: $297,000
> 10 yr. price change: -7.2% (12th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 65.0% (20th lowest)
> Median household income: $66,262 (8th highest)

Seattle, Washington roads

5. Washington
> Median list price: $299,000
> 10 yr. price change: 10.7% (24th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 62.4% (13th lowest)
> Median household income: $64,129 (10th highest)

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Central High School, Grand Junction, Colorado

4. Colorado
> Median list price: $300,000
> 10 yr. price change: 40.8% (3rd highest)
> Homeownership rate: 63.7% (15th lowest)
> Median household income: $63,909 (11th highest)

Massachusetts

3. Massachusetts
> Median list price: $339,900
> 10 yr. price change: 6.3% (23rd lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 61.7% (10th lowest)
> Median household income: $70,628 (6th highest)

California

2. California
> Median list price: $422,500
> 10 yr. price change: -11.1% (11th lowest)
> Homeownership rate: 53.6% (3rd lowest)
> Median household income: $64,500 (9th highest)

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Hawaii County, Hawaii

1. Hawaii
> Median list price: $485,000
> 10 yr. price change: 28.6% (10th highest)
> Homeownership rate: 56.6% (5th lowest)
> Median household income: $73,486 (2nd highest)

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