The most expensive and affordable states to buy a house, ranked

The median home listing price in the US is nearly $230,000.

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The median home listing price in the US is nearly $230,000.
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  • Buying a house has become more expensive than ever: Home prices have increased significantly since the 1960s, when the median price of a home was less than $100,000 in today’s dollars.
  • Today, the median home listing price in the US is nearly $226,800, according to Zillow, but that varies by state.
  • We ranked the most affordable and most expensive places to buy a house according to median listing price.
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In today’s housing market, where you may have to save for as long as twelve years to afford a down payment, buying a house is a big deal.

The cost of buying a home has increased significantly since the 1960s, when the median price of a home was $11,900, or $96,681, when adjusted for inflation, according to a Student Loan Hero report. Today, the median home listing price in the US is $226,800 according to Zillow.

Read more: Here’s the salary you’ll need if you want to afford a mortgage in 17 major US cities

But that number can vary depending on where you buy a home. Using data from Zillow, we took a look at the median home listing price in every state, including Washington, DC.

Coastal states, such as Massachusetts and California, comprised the majority of the top ten most expensive places to buy a home. Meanwhile, Southern and Midwestern states, such as Ohio, Mississippi, and Iowa, are the most affordable places to buy a house.

Below, see how much a typical house costs right now in every state, ranked from least to most expensive.


51. West Virginia

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Median listing price: $166,488

Median listing price per square foot: $98


50. Arkansas

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Median listing price: $179,500

Median listing price per square foot: $101


49. Ohio

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Median listing price: $179,900

Median listing price per square foot: $111


48. Iowa

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Median listing price: $180,000

Median listing price per square foot: $130


47. Mississippi

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Median listing price: $188,900

Median listing price per square foot: $96


46. Michigan

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Median listing price: $191,000

Median listing price per square foot: $132


45. Oklahoma

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Median listing price: $192,000

Median listing price per square foot: $106


44. Missouri

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Median listing price: $192,500

Median listing price per square foot: $122


43. Indiana

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Median listing price: $194,900

Median listing price per square foot: $108


42. Kentucky

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Median listing price: $199,000

Median listing price per square foot: $118


41. Kansas

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Median listing price: $199,900

Median listing price per square foot: $126


40. Nebraska

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Median listing price: $215,000

Median listing price per square foot: $140


T39. Louisiana

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Median listing price: $219,900

Median listing price per square foot: $122


T39. Alabama

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Median listing price: $219,900

Median listing price per square foot: $104


37. Wisconsin

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Median listing price: $222,500

Median listing price per square foot: $141


36. Pennsylvania

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Median listing price: $224,990

Median listing price per square foot: $136


35. South Dakota

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Median listing price: $225,000

Median listing price per square foot: $169


34. North Dakota

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Median listing price: $227,000

Median listing price per square foot: 150


33. New Mexico

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Median listing price: $239,000

Median listing price per square foot: $137


32. Illinois

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Median listing price: $248,900

Median listing price per square foot: $154


31. Maine

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Median listing price: $250,000

Median listing price per square foot: $171


30. South Carolina

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Median listing price: $252,900

Median listing price per square foot: $131


29. Wyoming

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Median listing price: $256,511

Median listing price per square foot: $171


28. Tennessee

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Median listing price: $259,000

Median listing price per square foot: $135


27. Georgia

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Median listing price: $265,000

Median listing price per square foot: $122


26. Vermont

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Median listing price: $274,000

Median listing price per square foot: $159


25. North Carolina

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Median listing price: $275,000

Median listing price per square foot: $135


24. Minnesota

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Median listing price: $280,000

Median listing price per square foot: $188


23. Texas

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Median listing price: $283,499

Median listing price per square foot: $129


22. Alaska

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Median listing price: $294,000

Median listing price per square foot: $172


21. Arizona

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Median listing price: $295,000

Median listing price per square foot: $161


T20. Delaware

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Median listing price: $299,000

Median listing price per square foot: $149


T20. Florida

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Median listing price: $299,000

Median listing price per square foot: $167


18. New Hampshire

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Median listing price: $309,900

Median listing price per square foot: $172


T17. Nevada

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Median listing price: $320,000

Median listing price per square foot: $177


T17. Virginia

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Median listing price: $320,000

Median listing price per square foot: $163


15. Rhode Island

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Median listing price: $324,900

Median listing price per square foot: $210


T14. Idaho

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Median listing price: $325,000

Median listing price per square foot: $170


T14. Montana

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Median listing price: $325,000

Median listing price per square foot: $206


12. Connecticut

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Median listing price: $327,950

Median listing price per square foot: $175


11. Maryland

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Median listing price: $329,989

Median listing price per square foot: $190


10. New Jersey

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Median listing price: $342,000

Median listing price per square foot: $193


9. Utah

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Median listing price: $369,900

Median listing price per square foot: $189


8. Oregon

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Median listing price: $389,997

Median listing price per square foot: $221


T7. New York

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Median listing price: $425,000

Median listing price per square foot: $205


T7. Washington

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Median listing price: $425,000

Median listing price per square foot: $242


5. Colorado

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Median listing price: $429,800

Median listing price per square foot: $260


4. Massachusetts

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Median listing price: $479,900

Median listing price per square foot: $271


3. California

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Median listing price: $549,900

Median listing price per square foot: $324


2. Washington, DC

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Median listing price: $599,000

Median listing price per square foot: $547


1. Hawaii

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Median listing price: $635,000

Median listing price per square foot: $521