States with the Cheapest Housing

The Top 3

#1

West Virginia

Median Monthly Housing Cost of $585

#2

Mississippi

Median Monthly Housing Cost of $672

#3

Arkansas

Median Monthly Housing Cost of $691

Largest Increase

6.4%

District of Columbia

Median Monthly Housing Cost from $1,543 to $1,641

Largest Decrease

-1.0%

West Virginia

Median Monthly Housing Cost from $591 to $585

About the Rankings

The Census Bureau has released the latest estimates from the American Community Survey with sufficient data to estimate the median monthly housing cost. We have crunched the numbers and the rankings are in. See the 51 states with the lowest median monthly housing cost below, and the highest median monthly housing cost states at the bottom of the list.

The monthly housing costs include the major costs paid by owners (mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities, and condo fees) as well as the major costs for renters (contract rent and utilities). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, housing is often the largest expense for households at around 33% - well above transportation (16%), food (13%), and healthcare (8%). Keep in mind that housing might be cheap for a reason: people may be fleeing part of the country creating a large supply with little demand.

The national median monthly housing cost from the latest estimates is $1,048 and has risen 2.5% from $1,022.

This year saw several big changes. Mississippi rose from #3 to #2, Arkansas fell from #2 to #3, Alabama rose from #5 to #4, Kentucky fell from #4 to #5, and South Dakota rose from #8 to #7.

District of Columbia saw the biggest percentage increase in median monthly housing cost at 6.4%, and West Virginia saw the largest percentage decrease at -1.0%.

The Complete List

   #1
West Virginia
Previously $591
$585
#2
Mississippi
Previously #3 at $677
$672
#3
Arkansas
Previously #2 at $677
$691
#4
Alabama
Previously #5 at $736
$734
#5
Kentucky
Previously #4 at $730
$743
   #6
Oklahoma
Previously $749
$770
#7
South Dakota
Previously #8 at $767
$774
#8
Louisiana
Previously #7 at $761
$781
#9
New Mexico
Previously #10 at $778
$782
#10
North Dakota
Previously #9 at $769
$799
#11
Indiana
Previously #12 at $794
$815
#12
Montana
Previously #11 at $784
$816
#13
Tennessee
Previously #14 at $808
$820
#14
South Carolina
Previously #16 at $824
$820
#15
Iowa
Previously #13 at $796
$825
#16
Ohio
Previously #17 at $830
$833
#17
Missouri
Previously #15 at $817
$837
   #18
Kansas
Previously $836
$858
#19
Michigan
Previously #21 at $850
$862
#20
North Carolina
Previously #22 at $867
$878
#21
Idaho
Previously #19 at $839
$880
#22
Maine
Previously #24 at $878
$884
#23
Nebraska
Previously #20 at $845
$887
#24
Wyoming
Previously #23 at $868
$890
   #25
Wisconsin
Previously $904
$913
   #26
Pennsylvania
Previously $931
$947
   #27
Georgia
Previously $959
$980
#28
Texas
Previously #29 at $980
$1,009
#29
Arizona
Previously #28 at $975
$1,015
   #30
Florida
Previously $1,022
$1,047
   #31
Minnesota
Previously $1,032
$1,070
#32
Illinois
Previously #33 at $1,059
$1,081
#33
Vermont
Previously #34 at $1,065
$1,088
#34
Nevada
Previously #32 at $1,047
$1,089
#35
Utah
Previously #36 at $1,085
$1,122
#36
Delaware
Previously #35 at $1,074
$1,126
   #37
Oregon
Previously $1,102
$1,164
   #38
Rhode Island
Previously $1,131
$1,190
   #39
Virginia
Previously $1,215
$1,237
#40
New Hampshire
Previously #42 at $1,247
$1,280
#41
Alaska
Previously #44 at $1,278
$1,285
#42
New York
Previously #43 at $1,260
$1,291
#43
Colorado
Previously #40 at $1,234
$1,300
#44
Washington
Previously #41 at $1,243
$1,319
   #45
Connecticut
Previously $1,366
$1,390
#46
Maryland
Previously #47 at $1,443
$1,456
#47
Massachusetts
Previously #46 at $1,425
$1,464
#48
New Jersey
Previously #49 at $1,521
$1,545
#49
California
Previously #48 at $1,497
$1,567
   #50
Hawaii
Previously $1,522
$1,585
   #51
District of Columbia
Previously $1,543
$1,641


Data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimates for 2017.

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