What your paycheck will buy in 27 cities

How much do you need to earn in order to afford the principal and interest payments on a median-priced home in your metro area? HSH.com crunched the numbers.
Metro area Median home price Annual salary you need to buy
Cleveland $102,100 $29,800
Pittsburgh $120,000 $30,200
St Louis $120,500 $31,300
Cincinnati $121,700 $31,900
Detroit $110,750 $32,300
Atlanta $141,900 $34,200
Tampa, Fla. $145,000 $36,400
Phoenix $194,300 $41,300
Orlando, Fla. $178,000 $43,200
San Antonio, Texas $169,300 $44,500
Minneapolis $188,200 $45,700
Dallas $174,800 $47,700
Houston $184,600 $49,000
Philadelphia $201,800 $50,500
Chicago $176,900 $52,900
Baltimore $224,500 $53,100
Sacramento, Calif. $255,800 $58,100
Miami $259,000 $59,700
Denver $288,400 $59,900
Portland, Ore. $271,900 $60,300
Seattle $339,900 $73,900
Washington D.C. $358,900 $78,500
Boston $363,200 $79,800
Los Angeles $406,200 $86,000
New York $388,900 $89,800
San Diego $483,000 $98,500
San Francisco $679,800 $137,100
Source: HSH.com
Note: Calculations based on median home prices as reported by the National Association of Realtors; mortgage rates from HSH.com data; average local property taxes from the Tax Foundation; and insurance costs from the Insurance Information Institute.

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