The most expensive and affordable US states for buying a house, ranked

Houses homesBakerJarvis/ShutterstockThe median home listing price in the US is nearly $US280,000.

  • 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 $US100,000 in today’s dollars.
  • Today, the median home listing price in the US is nearly $US280,000, 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.

In today’s housing market, where you may have to save as long as ten years to afford a down payment, buying a house is a big deal.

The cost to buy a home has increased significantly since the 1960s, when the median price of a home was $US11,900, or $US96,681, when adjusted for inflation, according to a Student Loan Hero report. Today, the median home listing price in the US is $US279,500,according to Zillow.

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: $US159,000

Median listing price per square foot: $US94


50. Ohio

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Median listing price: $US169,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US106


49. Arkansas

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Median listing price: $US174,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US99


48. Mississippi

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Median listing price: $US179,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US95


47. Missouri

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Median listing price: $US179,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US114


46. Iowa

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Median listing price: $US180,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US132


45. Oklahoma

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Median listing price: $US183,421

Median listing price per square foot:$US101


44. Indiana

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Median listing price: $US184,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US104


43. Kentucky

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Median listing price: $US184,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US112


42. Michigan

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Median listing price: $US185,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US130


41. Kansas

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Median listing price: $US194,500

Median listing price per square foot:$US119


40. Alabama

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Median listing price: $US204,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US101


39. Nebraska

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Median listing price: $US209,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US137


38. Louisiana

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Median listing price: $US212,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US121


37. Wisconsin

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Median listing price: $US214,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US139


36. Pennsylvania

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Median listing price: $US215,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US128


35. New Mexico

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Median listing price: $US227,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US133


34. South Dakota

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Median listing price: $US229,500

Median listing price per square foot:$US165


33. North Dakota

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Median listing price: $US233,000

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32. Illinois

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Median listing price: $US236,490

Median listing price per square foot:$US149


31. Tennessee

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Median listing price: $US244,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US127


30. Maine

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Median listing price: $US245,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US169


29. South Carolina

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Median listing price: $US249,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US127


28. Wyoming

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Median listing price: $US250,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US166


27. Georgia

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Median listing price: $US259,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US116


26. Vermont

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Median listing price: $US259,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US149


25. North Carolina

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Median listing price: $US263,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US129


24. Minnesota

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Median listing price: $US269,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US183


23. Texas

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Median listing price: $US279,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US125


22. Arizona

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Median listing price: $US285,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US154


21. Delaware

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Median listing price: $US285,942

Median listing price per square foot:$US143


20. Alaska

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Median listing price: $US287,700

Median listing price per square foot:$US170


19. Florida

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Median listing price: $US294,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US165


18. New Hampshire

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Median listing price: $US299,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US166


17. Idaho

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Median listing price: $US299,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US159


16. Rhode Island

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Median listing price: $US309,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US204


15. Nevada

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Median listing price: $US310,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US171


14. Virginia

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Median listing price: $US314,970

Median listing price per square foot:$US159


13. Montana

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Median listing price: $US324,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US198


12. Maryland

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Median listing price: $US325,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US185


11. Connecticut

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Median listing price: $US327,950

Median listing price per square foot:$US175


10. New Jersey

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Median listing price: $US334,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US188


9. Utah

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Median listing price: $US350,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US186


8. Oregon

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Median listing price: $US379,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US214


7. New York

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Median listing price: $US385,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US183


6. Washington

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Median listing price: $US395,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US226


5. Colorado

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Median listing price: $US419,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US242


4. Massachusetts

Median listing price: $US450,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US256


3. California

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Median listing price: $US544,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US320


2. Washington, DC

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Median listing price: $US598,995

Median listing price per square foot:$US554


1. Hawaii

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Median listing price: $US619,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US508

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