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

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The median home listing price in the US is nearly $280,000.

  • 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 $100,000 in today's dollars.
  • Today, the median home listing price in the US is nearly $280,000, 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 $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 $279,500, 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.
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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.

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51. West Virginia

51. West Virginia

Median listing price: $159,000

Median listing price per square foot: $94

50. Ohio

50. Ohio

Median listing price: $169,900

Median listing price per square foot: $106

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49. Arkansas

49. Arkansas

Median listing price: $174,900

Median listing price per square foot: $99

48. Mississippi

48. Mississippi

Median listing price: $179,900

Median listing price per square foot: $95

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47. Missouri

47. Missouri

Median listing price: $179,900

Median listing price per square foot: $114

46. Iowa

46. Iowa

Median listing price: $180,000

Median listing price per square foot: $132

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45. Oklahoma

45. Oklahoma

Median listing price: $183,421

Median listing price per square foot: $101

44. Indiana

44. Indiana

Median listing price: $184,900

Median listing price per square foot: $104

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43. Kentucky

43. Kentucky

Median listing price: $184,900

Median listing price per square foot: $112

42. Michigan

42. Michigan

Median listing price: $185,000

Median listing price per square foot: $130

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41. Kansas

41. Kansas

Median listing price: $194,500

Median listing price per square foot: $119

40. Alabama

40. Alabama

Median listing price: $204,900

Median listing price per square foot: $101

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39. Nebraska

39. Nebraska

Median listing price: $209,000

Median listing price per square foot: $137

38. Louisiana

38. Louisiana

Median listing price: $212,000

Median listing price per square foot: $121

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37. Wisconsin

37. Wisconsin

Median listing price: $214,900

Median listing price per square foot: $139

36. Pennsylvania

36. Pennsylvania

Median listing price: $215,900

Median listing price per square foot: $128

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35. New Mexico

35. New Mexico

Median listing price: $227,000

Median listing price per square foot: $133

34. South Dakota

34. South Dakota

Median listing price: $229,500

Median listing price per square foot: $165

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33. North Dakota

33. North Dakota

Median listing price: $233,000

Median listing price per square foot: N/A

32. Illinois

32. Illinois

Median listing price: $236,490

Median listing price per square foot: $149

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31. Tennessee

31. Tennessee

Median listing price: $244,900

Median listing price per square foot: $127

30. Maine

30. Maine

Median listing price: $245,000

Median listing price per square foot: $169

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29. South Carolina

29. South Carolina

Median listing price: $249,900

Median listing price per square foot: $127

28. Wyoming

28. Wyoming

Median listing price: $250,000

Median listing price per square foot: $166

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27. Georgia

27. Georgia

Median listing price: $259,000

Median listing price per square foot: $116

26. Vermont

26. Vermont

Median listing price: $259,000

Median listing price per square foot: $149

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25. North Carolina

25. North Carolina

Median listing price: $263,000

Median listing price per square foot: $129

24. Minnesota

24. Minnesota

Median listing price: $269,000

Median listing price per square foot: $183

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23. Texas

23. Texas

Median listing price: $279,900

Median listing price per square foot: $125

22. Arizona

22. Arizona

Median listing price: $285,000

Median listing price per square foot: $154

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21. Delaware

21. Delaware

Median listing price: $285,942

Median listing price per square foot: $143

20. Alaska

20. Alaska

Median listing price: $287,700

Median listing price per square foot: $170

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19. Florida

19. Florida

Median listing price: $294,900

Median listing price per square foot: $165

18. New Hampshire

18. New Hampshire

Median listing price: $299,000

Median listing price per square foot: $166

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17. Idaho

17. Idaho

Median listing price: $299,900

Median listing price per square foot: $159

16. Rhode Island

16. Rhode Island

Median listing price: $309,000

Median listing price per square foot: $204

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15. Nevada

15. Nevada

Median listing price: $310,000

Median listing price per square foot: $171

14. Virginia

14. Virginia

Median listing price: $314,970

Median listing price per square foot: $159

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13. Montana

13. Montana

Median listing price: $324,000

Median listing price per square foot: $198

12. Maryland

12. Maryland

Median listing price: $325,000

Median listing price per square foot: $185

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11. Connecticut

11. Connecticut

Median listing price: $327,950

Median listing price per square foot: $175

10. New Jersey

10. New Jersey

Median listing price: $334,900

Median listing price per square foot: $188

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9. Utah

9. Utah

Median listing price: $350,000

Median listing price per square foot: $186

8. Oregon

8. Oregon

Median listing price: $379,900

Median listing price per square foot: $214

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7. New York

7. New York

Median listing price: $385,000

Median listing price per square foot: $183

6. Washington

6. Washington

Median listing price: $395,000

Median listing price per square foot: $226

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5. Colorado

5. Colorado

Median listing price: $419,000

Median listing price per square foot: $242

4. Massachusetts

4. Massachusetts

Median listing price: $450,000

Median listing price per square foot: $256

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3. California

3. California

Median listing price: $544,000

Median listing price per square foot: $320

2. Washington, DC

2. Washington, DC

Median listing price: $598,995

Median listing price per square foot: $554

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1. Hawaii

1. Hawaii

Median listing price: $619,000

Median listing price per square foot: $508