Can you really buy two houses in Houston for the price of one in Boston? Sure looks like it on first glance at the handy chart above from City Lab. Using second-quarter 2014 data from the National Association of Realtors [PDF], it breaks down the median sales prices of existing single-family homes in different metro regions.
The Realtors' data relies on government stats that define the Boston metro region as all the towns and cities nearby but also those as far away as some place called southern New Hampshire. Thus the oddly low-looking median figure of $398,100. Still, that amount is nearly double the median sales price in the Houston area and far ahead of the likes of greater Chicago and greater Atlanta. At least you're not trying to buy in the Bay Area. At least there's that.
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