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How much you need to earn to own a home

The salaries needed to buy homes across the country vary widely, from less than $27,800 in Cleveland to more than $137,000 in San Francisco. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The difference in how much you need to earn to buy a home in Cleveland, Ohio versus San Francisco is more than $117,000.

San Francisco ranks as the most expensive of 27 metro areas when it comes to home buying, while Cleveland is the cheapest, according to data crunched by HSH.com, a publisher of mortgage and consumer loan information

HSH.com evaluated median home prices and first-quarter average interest rates to determine how much of a homeowner’s salary it would take to afford owning a home.

In San Francisco, it would take a salary of more than $137,000 to own a home with a median price of $679,800. In Cleveland, a home buyer would need to make just under $27,800 to own a median-priced home of $102,100.

D.C. ranks No. 22 on the list. In the District, a homeownere would need a salary of just over $75,500 to own a $358,900 home, HSH.com says.

In Baltimore, 16th on the list, to buy a $224,500 home, a buyer would need a salary just over $53,000.

Here’s how the cities rank and the salaries needed to buy a home, from cheapest to most expensive:

  1. Cleveland: $29,788.67
  2. Pittsburgh: $30,177.78
  3. St. Louis: $31,275.49
  4. Cincinnati: $31,850.18
  5. Detroit: $32,250.30
  6. Atlanta: $34,183.44
  7. Tampa: $36,437.56
  8. Phoenix: $41,308.74
  9. Orlando: $43,243.95
  10. San Antonio: $44,506.00
  11. Minneapolis: $45,732.39
  12. Dallas: $47,708.77
  13. Houston: $49,036.60
  14. Philadelphia: $50,546.25
  15. Chicago: $52,866.88
  16. Baltimore: $53,078.51
  17. Sacramento: $58,113.87
  18. Miami: $59,734.23
  19. Denver: $59,892.46
  20. Portland, Ore.: $60,307.71
  21. Seattle: $73,851.06
  22. Washington, D.C.: $78,503.56
  23. Boston: $79,820.01
  24. Los Angeles: $85,964.88
  25. New York City: $89,788.69
  26. San Diego: $98,534.22
  27. San Francisco: $137,129.55

The chart below shows how the numbers break down by city.

Cities 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate % Change from 4Q 2013 Median Home Price % Change from 4Q 2013 Monthly Payment Salary needed
Cleveland 4.50% 0.06 $102,100 -9.49 $695.07 $29,788.67
Pittsburgh 4.36% 0.04 $120,000 -6.69 $704.15 $30,177.78
St. Louis 4.40% -0.01 $120,500 -7.52 $729.76 $31,275.49
Cincinnati 4.53% 0.08 $121,700 -5.44 $743.17 $31,850.18
Detroit 4.59% 0.1 $110,750 -9.72 $752.51 $32,250.30
Atlanta 4.44% -0.03 $141,900 -0.35 $797.61 $34,183.44
Tampa 4.54% 0.04 $145,000 1.83 $850.21 $36,437.56
Phoenix 4.48% 0.07 $194,300 0.83 $963.87 $41,308.74
Orlando 4.47% -0.01 $178,000 7.36 $1,009.03 $43,243.95
San Antonio 4.62% 0.13 $169,300 -1.4 $1,038.47 $44,506.00
Minneapolis 4.52% 0.02 $188,200 -4.52 $1,067.09 $45,732.39
Dallas 4.48% 0.02 $174,800 0.52 $1,113.20 $47,708.77
Houston 4.49% 0.02 $184,600 1.26 $1,144.19 $49,036.60
Philadelphia 4.52% 0.09 $201,800 -5.83 $1,179.41 $50,546.25
Chicago 4.52% 0.02 $176,900 -5.45 $1,233.56 $52,866.88
Baltimore 4.44% 0.07 $224,500 -7.12 $1,238.50 $53,078.51
Sacramento 4.55% 0.02 $255.80 2.17 $1,355.99 $58,113.87
Miami 4.53% 0.06 $259,000 1.61 $1,393.80 $59,734.23
Denver 4.53% 0.04 $288,400 3.26 $1,397.49 $59,892.46
Portland 4.57% 0.06 $271,900 1.64 $1,407.18 $60,307.71
Seattle 4.59% 0.07 $339,900 -1.31 $1,723.19 $73,851.06
Washington D.C. 4.45% 0.07 $358,900 -2.47 $1,831.75 $78,503.56
Boston 4.47% 0.06 $363,200 -2.18 $1,862.47 $79,820.01
Los Angeles 4.52% 0.06 $406,200 -3.99 $2,005.85 $85,964.88
New York City 4.53% 0.05 $388,900 0.67 $2,095.07 $89,788.69
San Diego 4.56% 0.03 $483,000 1.3 $2,299.13 $98,534.22
San Francisco 4.39% 0 $679,800 -0.38 $3,199.69 $137,129.55

Source: HSH.com

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