CHART: Here's how much money you need to earn to buy a home in Detroit

The cost of living in the U.S. varies substantially, with Clevelanders needing a base salary of only $29,788.67 annually to purchase a median-priced home, and San Franciscans needing almost five times that.

But have you ever wondered how much you, dear Detroiter, need to make annually to buy your own place?

Well, $32,250.30, apparently.

That's based on a recent report by the folks from, an online mortgage and consumer loan information website, who recently crunched the numbers. Specially, they looked at "the National Association of Realtors’ fourth-quarter data for median home prices and’s fourth-quarter average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to determine how much money homebuyers would need to earn in order to afford only the principal and interest payment on a median-priced home in their market." (Note, they didn't take property taxes, insurance, or other expenses into account for the numbers illustrated on the chart below.)


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Alaina Nutile

Alaina Nutile is a Web Editor who oversees all digital content and social media initiatives for Detroit Metro Times and Cleveland Scene Magazine. Previously, she interned at Business Insider in New York City, and at La Hora in Quito, Ecuador. Alaina is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she double majored in...
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