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

Houses homesBakerJarvis/ShutterstockThe median home listing price in the US is nearly $US230,000.

  • 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 $US226,800, 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 $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 $US226,800 according to Zillow.

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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: $US166,488

Median listing price per square foot: $US98


50. Arkansas

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Median listing price: $US179,500

Median listing price per square foot: $US101


49. Ohio

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Median listing price: $US179,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US111


48. Iowa

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Median listing price: $US180,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US130


47. Mississippi

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Median listing price: $US188,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US96


46. Michigan

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Median listing price: $US191,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US132


45. Oklahoma

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Median listing price: $US192,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US106


44. Missouri

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Median listing price: $US192,500

Median listing price per square foot:$US122


43. Indiana

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Median listing price: $US194,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US108


42. Kentucky

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Median listing price: $US199,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US118


41. Kansas

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Median listing price: $US199,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US126


40. Nebraska

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Median listing price: $US215,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US140


T39. Louisiana

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Median listing price: $US219,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US122


T39. Alabama

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Median listing price: $US219,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US104


37. Wisconsin

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Median listing price: $US222,500

Median listing price per square foot:$US141


36. Pennsylvania

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Median listing price: $US224,990

Median listing price per square foot:$US136


35. South Dakota

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Median listing price: $US225,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US169


34. North Dakota

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Median listing price: $US227,000

Median listing price per square foot:150


33. New Mexico

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Median listing price: $US239,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US137


32. Illinois

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Median listing price: $US248,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US154


31. Maine

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Median listing price: $US250,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US171


30. South Carolina

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Median listing price: $US252,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US131


29. Wyoming

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Median listing price: $US256,511

Median listing price per square foot:$US171


28. Tennessee

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Median listing price: $US259,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US135


27. Georgia

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Median listing price: $US265,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US122


26. Vermont

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Median listing price: $US274,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US159


25. North Carolina

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Median listing price: $US275,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US135


24. Minnesota

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Median listing price: $US280,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US188


23. Texas

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Median listing price: $US283,499

Median listing price per square foot:$US129


22. Alaska

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Median listing price: $US294,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US172


21. Arizona

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Median listing price: $US295,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US161


T20. Delaware

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Median listing price: $US299,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US149


T20. Florida

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Median listing price: $US299,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US167


18. New Hampshire

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Median listing price: $US309,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US172


T17. Nevada

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Median listing price: $US320,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US177


T17. Virginia

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Median listing price: $US320,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US163


15. Rhode Island

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Median listing price: $US324,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US210


T14. Idaho

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Median listing price: $US325,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US170


T14. Montana

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Median listing price: $US325,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US206


12. Connecticut

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Median listing price: $US327,950

Median listing price per square foot:$US175


11. Maryland

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Median listing price: $US329,989

Median listing price per square foot:$US190


10. New Jersey

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Median listing price: $US342,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US193


9. Utah

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Median listing price: $US369,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US189


8. Oregon

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Median listing price: $US389,997

Median listing price per square foot:$US221


T7. New York

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Median listing price: $US425,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US205


T7. Washington

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Median listing price: $US425,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US242


5. Colorado

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Median listing price: $US429,800

Median listing price per square foot:$US260


4. Massachusetts

Median listing price: $US479,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US271


3. California

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Median listing price: $US549,900

Median listing price per square foot:$US324


2. Washington, DC

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Median listing price: $US599,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US547


1. Hawaii

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Median listing price: $US635,000

Median listing price per square foot:$US521

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