Find Out Which Counties Have the Most Expensive Housing Market in Each State

San Francisco County has the most expensive housing market in the nation, according to a recent analysis from the National Association of Realtors. NAR recently ranked the housing markets in 3,119 counties across America to determine the most expensive in each state.

A pricey market and housing affordability are, of course, two different things. Of the 50 counties with the highest housing prices, 22 also have the state’s highest incomes. However, even with a median income of more than $81,000, many San Franciscans are unable to afford a home. Not surprisingly, San Francisco County has a relatively low homeownership rate of 36.4%, compared to the statewide rate of 54.3% and the national rate of 63.9%.

Here are some other facts contained in the NAR analysis:

• The typical American home costs $235,000. In San Francisco, that figure is over $1 million.

• The three most expensive housing markets in the state are in San Francisco County.

• 38 of the counties with the most expensive housing markets are near urban centers.

• U.S. housing prices increased by almost 6% between the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2016. In the Western United States, the increase was nearly 8%.

Curious about the highest housing markets in each state? See them all here.


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