Special Report

Most Expensive Cities to Buy a Home

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15. Santa Monica, California
> Median home value: $1,382,700
> Median monthly housing costs with a mortgage: $3,926 — 28th highest of 1,774 cities
> Share of housing units with a mortgage: 66.1% — 769th lowest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Homeownership rate: 29.0% — 28th lowest of 1,774 cities
> Median household income: $96,570 — 291st highest of 1,774 cities

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14. Mountain View, California
> Median home value: $1,413,500
> Median monthly housing costs with a mortgage: $3,720 — 40th highest of 1,774 cities
> Share of housing units with a mortgage: 70.2% — 662nd highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Homeownership rate: 41.6% — 162nd lowest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Median household income: $139,720 — 47th highest of 1,774 cities

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13. Lafayette, California
> Median home value: $1,428,900
> Median monthly housing costs with a mortgage: $4,000+ — the highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Share of housing units with a mortgage: 72.6% — 460th highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Homeownership rate: 71.4% — 431st highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Median household income: $178,889 — 12th highest of 1,774 cities

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12. Belmont, California
> Median home value: $1,527,500
> Median monthly housing costs with a mortgage: $4,000+ — the highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Share of housing units with a mortgage: 73.1% — 424th highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Homeownership rate: 60.8% — 873rd highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Median household income: $156,052 — 31st highest of 1,774 cities

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11. San Carlos, California
> Median home value: $1,625,700
> Median monthly housing costs with a mortgage: $4,000+ — the highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Share of housing units with a mortgage: 75.5% — 257th highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Homeownership rate: 72.4% — 389th highest of 1,774 cities (tied)
> Median household income: $182,083 — 11th highest of 1,774 cities

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