This map reveals how much you need to earn to buy a house — and Pittsburgh is a steal | The Numbers Racket

The Pittsburgh skyline, viewed from the Duquesne Incline. (Dllu/WikiMedia Commons)

So here at the Numbers Racket, we’re suckers for great maps and data visualizations. Which means this combination map/data visualization from the folks at HowMuch.com showing how much you need to earn to buy a house in America’s largest metropolitan areas just hits our sweet spot.

From HowMuch.com

Further breaking things down:

The Top 5 Metro Areas With the Highest Salary Required for Buying a Home
1. San Jose, Calif. — $254,835.73
2. San Francisco, Calif. — $198,978.01
3. San Diego, Calif. — $131,640.79
4. Los Angeles, Calif. — $123,156.01
5. Boston, Mass. — $106,789.93

The 5 Metro Areas With the Lowest Salary Required for Buying a Home
1. Pittsburgh, Pa. — $37,659.86
2. Cleveland, Ohio — $40,437.72
3. Oklahoma City, Okla. — $41,335.41
4. Memphis, Tenn. — $41,400.93
5. Indianapolis, Ind. — $42,288.92

A note about the methodology. According to the HowMuch numbers crunchers:

The data for this visualization comes from the mortgage information site HSH Associates. In conducting their analysis, HSH compiled median-home price data from the National Association of Realtors, national mortgage rate data from Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and property tax and homeowner’s insurance costs data to determine the annual salary it takes to afford a home (including principal, interest, property tax and homeowner’s insurance, or PITI) in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. The analysis also assumed a down payment of 20 percent.

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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