What $200,000 will get you around America

by Lauren Clohessy

It’s no secret that some cities compared to others have larger asking prices for smaller spaces.

PropertyShark wanted to test the logic and figure out what a homebuyer can get for their money in cities around the United States. To do so, they set a buying price of $200,000 and found out the amount of square feet a buyer could purchase.

In Houston, a buyer gets a relatively larger amount of space compared to other cities, with $200,000 buying them 2,093 square feet. Houston falls just shy of matching Nashville, Jacksonville and Fort Worth, who can get over 2,100 square feet. Houston still offers buyers more space than cities like Philadelphia and Austin, who get around 1,500 square feet for the same price.

Cleveland leads all the cities as the spot to buy the most space with $200,000 with 3,769 square feet. The city’s median price was calculated out to be $53 per square foot. On the opposite end of the scale, at no surprise, Manhattan was found to be the most expenses. With the median price calculated out to be $1,585 per square foot, a buyer would get 126 square feet for $200,000.

The two extremes differ because of the market and population of the cities. Cities like Boston, San Francisco and San Jose are seeing similar trends like Manhattan because of the booming markets.

San Antonio has similar space available to Cleveland, with 3,249 square feet, which is surprising. The city has thriving businesses, healthcare and education and is only going to continue to grow in popularity.

Los Angeles can get buyers more 501 square feet of space, which is higher than all the other California cities reported.

“Looking at the data, it’s safe to say that if you’re in the market to buy a home this year, chances are that you’ll need to come up with a lot more than just the U.S. median price to buy a spacious home in one of the country’s high-profile cities, or a lot less, if you chose a more affordable city. Either way, one thing is for sure, you’ll sacrifice either space or location to stay within this budget,” the PropertyShark report said.

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