11 Cheapest Places in the US to Buy a Home.
A house is usually the biggest purchase a person will make in their lifetime.
Home costs vary widely throughout the country,
with houses in and closer to big cities usually having larger price tags.
We’ve collected data using market analysis for each town
based on market values, as well as average home price listings,
currently reported on Zillow.com.
The results of this analysis offer a pretty diverse range of options in a multitude of
states across the nation.
Not in any particular order,
here are the top 11 cheapest places in the US to buy a home.
1 密歇根州 底特律市
1: Detroit, Michigan.
The city of Detroit came in as the cheapest market to buy a home.
That is not entirely surprising as they have been hard hit by economic decline with the
fall of the once-thriving local automobile industry.
The city even filed for bankruptcy in 2013
as many houses and buildings sat empty, and
many property owners failed to pay their tax bills.
Recent years have seen attempts by the government and citizens to improve conditions by tearing
down vacant buildings and cleaning up neighborhoods.
Landmark buildings are being revitalized and put back to use.
The median home price in Detroit as per Zillow, is $39,100.
Buying is typically cheaper than renting here, with the median rental prices between $750
in Detroit and $1,000 per month in the metro area.
The median household income is $26,095.
Detroit’s population is 677,116.
That number climbs to over four million when including the entire metro area.
2 俄亥俄州 克利夫兰市
2: Cleveland, Ohio.
The average value of a home in Cleveland is $56,300, with the median price being $63,500
in the metro area, according to Zillow.
The median household income is $26,179.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie and on the Cuyahoga River, residents experience
humid summers and snowy winters.
The economy is highly reliant on steel and manufacturing and the healthcare industry.
Cleveland is also home to the Cleveland Clinic, rated one of America’s best hospitals.
University Hospitals of Cleveland is also based here
and is a respected cancer treatment center.
The city has actively recruited technology companies to relocate here.
Residents have access to many leisure opportunities,
including three major league sports teams,
克利夫兰植物园 摇滚乐名人堂 一个赌场
the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a casino, and numerous
art and history museums.
The population is 388,071,
but more than two million encompass the general metro area.
3 伊利诺斯州 帕克福里斯特市
3: Park Forest, Illinois.
Park Forest, Illinois is about an hour south of Chicago on Sauk Lake.
There is a commuter railroad for residents who work and spend time in the city.
The median home value is $73,000,
with average home listings being around $52,450.
The median income is $48,319.
The town was established in 1948
as a planned community for veterans coming home from World War II.
Today it has a population of 21,954.
It has been recognized with two All-America City awards, two Governor’s Hometown awards,
and the Burnham Award for Excellent Planning in Redevelopment.
Forbes Magazine also rated it as one of “America’s Most Livable Suburbs.”
The village also boasts 2,000 acres of parks and recreation area.
Its open space is the largest per capita in the state of Illinois.
The village also boasts numerous ball fields, tennis courts and is home to one of the most
popular outdoor swimming centers in the entire state.
4 纽约州 詹姆斯敦市
4: Jamestown, New York.
Jamestown, New York, birthplace of the famous actress Lucille Ball, made our list as one
of the cheapest places to buy a home in the US.
The average price of homes currently listed on the market is $61,250.
The median household salary is $31,128.
This city is located 71 miles south of Buffalo between Lake Erie and Allegheny National Park.
Jamestown is surrounded by agricultural areas, but the city is home to manufacturing plants
for furniture (an industry it was once famous for), diesel engines, sheet metal and more.
The Connection, a call center, is also a major employer, and several chain stores have set
up shop here as well.
The population is 30,075.
Other notable people from Jamestown include NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, writer and
comedian Laura Kightlinger, and alternative folk/rock band 10,000 Maniacs lead singer
Nearby Chautauqua Lake provides many outdoor recreation opportunities.
5 纽约州 尤蒂卡市
5: Utica, New York.
Utica, New York is also among the cheapest in the US,
with an average home value being $83,100.
Current market listings are averaging around $89,900.
The median income is $31,173.
Located 90 miles from Albany and 45 miles from Syracuse, Utica was once a very successful
hub for manufacturing and textiles.
20世纪中叶 这里在经济上 因工厂迁走而低迷
The mid-20th century saw an economic downturn as factories moved away and there was pervasive
Today, the economy of the Mohawk Valley relies on tourism to Turning Stone Resort & Casino,
technology, logistics and industrial services.
医疗器械制造商美国康美公司和Faxton St. Luke Healthcare公司
Medical device manufacturer ConMed Corporation and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare are the
biggest employers in Utica.
The low cost of living has been a huge draw to refugees and immigrants.
The city prides itself on diversity with more than 40 nationalities that call Utica home.
It also has 900 acres of park land.
当地景点包括阿迪朗达克观光铁路 博物馆 农贸市场
Local attractions include the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, museums, farmer’s markets, the
Utica Zoo as well as symphony orchestra concerts.
6 宾夕法尼亚州 威尔克斯-巴里市
6: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
The average cost of home’s currently on the market in former Senator and Vice President
Joe Biden’s hometown of Wilkes-Barre is 59,900,
with the median value being $51,500.
The median income is $31,361.
The city is about half an hour from Scranton and two hours from Philadelphia.
This city grew rapidly in the 19th century due to coal mining and reached its peak prior
to World War II.
Then it declined rapidly.
The current population of 40,780 is half what it was during its heyday.
The 21st century has brought a major effort
in the revitalization of Wilkes-Barre’s downtown.
Wilkes University and King’s College give the city a college town feel and contribute
to the improving economy by drawing business to the downtown area.
The student presence is credited for a new movie theater, a bookstore, and several new
bars and restaurants to round out the local social scene.
7 宾夕法尼亚州 斯克兰顿市
7: Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Scranton is another Pennsylvania town to make the list.
It was initially built on the iron ore industry,
but the supply was dwindling in the early 1900s.
The city then focused its economy on coal.
Like Wilkes-Barre, Scranton climbed to its peak prior to World War II.
The end of the war brought major changes to Scranton’s economy.
煤炭业动荡 铁路关停 被闲置的煤矿井坍塌
The coal industry faltered, the railroad shut down, and the abandoned mines began to collapse
and cause great damage to streets and buildings.
Although the financial struggle continued through the 1970s and 80s, it was the launching
of the drugstore, which later came to be known as Rite Aid, that initially began to bring
it somewhat back to life in the 1960s.
Scranton has been focusing on revitalization since the 1980s, and many new business have
set up in the downtown area.
The average home value is $77,000,
with current listings being around $76,620.
The median income is $37,551.
8 印第安纳州 亨廷顿
8: Huntington, Indiana.
Huntington, Indiana made the list with a median home value of $80,800 and current listings
being around $74,900.
The median household income is $39,542.
Huntington is also known as the “Lime City”
because it is the site of many limestone quarries and kilns.
当地主要产业包括农业 物流 钢铁制造
Local major industries include agriculture, electronics, logistics, steel production,
mineral aggregates and petroleum production and distribution.
Huntington is just couple hours from the main city of Indianapolis.
It has a population of 17,095.
According to TripAdvisor.com, some of the top leisure activities in the area include
ziplining at Timber Lake, exploring the Sunken Gardens, walking the trails in the Historic
Forks of the Wabash, and wine tasting at the local Two EEs Winery.
Being former Vice President Dan Quayle’s hometown, it is also site of the Quayle Vice
Presidential Learning Center.
9 乔治亚州 奥古斯塔市
9: Augusta, Georgia.
The southeast region of the US finally makes the list with Augusta, Georgia.
Augusta is famously known as the location of the annual Masters golf tournament.
It’s is located on the Savannah River, on the South Carolina border,
and about 150 miles from Atlanta.
The average home on the market today is listed at $93,750
with the median value being $81,000.
The average income is $37,593.
The three biggest employers are the Ft. Gordon Army base, Augusta University, and the Savannah
Health services are another major employer.
Augusta is home to several medical college programs through Georgia Regents University,
as well as a variety of hospitals and specialty clinics.
197182名市民享受着奥古斯塔Riverwalk 奥古斯塔运河 Phinizy沼泽公园的自行车小径
The 197,182 residents enjoy recreational space at Riverwalk Augusta, Augusta Canal, Phinizy
Swamp Nature Park’s bike paths, and Augusta Commons.
歌手Amy Grant和James Brown 以及前总统伍德罗·威尔逊
Singers Amy Grant and James Brown, as well as former President Woodrow Wilson, spent
childhood years in Augusta.
10 佛罗里达州 帕拉特卡市
10: Palatka, Florida.
Palatka, Florida lies about an hour south of Jacksonville.
It made the list, with an average home value of $89,300
and current market listing ranging around $87,400.
The population is 10,390 and the median household income is $21,864.
The economy relies heavily on manufacturing,
with Georgia Pacific and PDM Bridge as major employers.
Traditional tourism has faded in the area, but Putnam County has refocused on ecotourism
by improving nature trails and waterways.
The 1,300-mile Florida Trail passes through the area and connects with parks and trail
systems all over the state.
Palatka is also home to the famous Florida Azalea Festival as well as the annual Blue
当地受欢迎的景点包括Ravine Gardens州立公园 河边公园 圣约翰河中心
Popular leisure spots include Ravine Gardens State Park, Riverfront Park, St. John’s
River Center, and the Rice Creek Conservation Area.
Revitalization efforts have focused on downtown and murals depicting the history of the town
can be seen on various buildings.
11: Geneva, New York.
Geneva is the third New York town to make the list.
The average home value is $93,900, with the median home price of current listings being
The median income is $31,600.
It’s located in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, about an hour from the
more metropolitan cities of Syracuse and Rochester.
Tourism is a major industry in the area because of the more than 100 wineries in the region,
and Geneva, sitting at the north end of the lake, is a great starting point for the Seneca
Lake Wine Trail.
The lake produces a unique climate that has enabled the growth of the wine industry.
It’s also the deepest lake in the state, nicknamed the “Lake Trout Capital of the
World,” and is the site of the annual National Lake Trout Derby.
Geneva received the All America City Award in 2015.