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Here's How Much Money You Need to Make to Afford the Average Home in Every State

We often hear about certain cities with ridiculous overpriced homes, such as San Francisco or New York. But what states are good or bad values for purchasing a house?

The website How Much recently ran a study of the average home prices in every U.S. state, and then calculated how much money you would need to make in a year to afford that home (based on a 30 year mortgage with a 10 percent down payment). Here were there results:

salary to afford average home in every state

If you're wondering, here were the five states where you would need the highest salary to afford the average home.

1. Hawaii: $153,520 per year for a house worth $610,000

2. Washington, DC: $138,440 per year for a house worth $549,000

3. California: $120,120 per year for a house worth $499,900

4. Massachusetts: $101,320 per year for a house worth $419,900

5. Colorado: $100,200 for a house worth $415,000

And if you were wondering what the five cheapest states are, here you go:

1. West Virginia: $38,320 per year for a house worth $149,500

2. Ohio: $38,400 per year for a house worth $149,900

3. Michigan: $40,800 per year for a house worth $160,000

4. Arkansas: $41,040 per year for a house worth $161,000

5. Missouri: $42,200 per year for a house worth $165,900

So basically you have to be super successful to live in a beautiful place like Hawaii, or you can make a modest amount of money and live in Cleveland.

Such is the tragedy of life.

(h/t How Much)


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