Here Are the Most, Least Affordable Cities in America

San Diego pushes San Francisco out as the most expensive market
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2022 10:00 AM CST
This City Is the Least Affordable in America
Stock photo of San Diego skyline.   (Getty Images/f11photo)

(Newser) – Move over, San Francisco—you can no longer claim the most expensive housing market in the nation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city has been "dethroned," by one a little further south, according to a recent report from real estate firm OJO Labs. The new most unaffordable metro area is San Diego, where the median sale price for a home rose 14.3% compared with January 2021. Although the median sale price for a home in the Bay Area exceeds $1 million, while San Diego's comes in at around $765,000, the Bay Area saw a 4.2% decrease in that cost from last year. Here are the top 10 least affordable markets in the US, along with the most affordable ones:

Least Affordable

  1. San Diego
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif.
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola (Fort Walton Beach), Fla.
  5. Boise, Idaho
  6. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.
  9. New York
  10. Phoenix
Most Affordable
  1. Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.
  2. Cleveland-Akron (Canton), Ohio
  3. Buffalo, NY
  4. Detroit
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
  7. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.
  8. Fort Myers-Naples, Fla.
  9. Washington, DC (Hagerstown, Md.)
  10. Indianapolis
Check out these cities' median home price changes and affordability scores here. (Read more San Diego stories.)

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