San Jose beats New York by more than twice as much. How Much

If you want to live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country then look to the West Coast for your housing search. Out of the top ten cities that require the highest salary to buy a home, the top four are in California, according to analysis by HSH.com. San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles require a higher salary than anywhere else and this is just to cover all the monthly expenses associated with a mortgage—not utilities or upkeep. The analysis looked at the median housing prices then factored in principal, interest, taxes and insurance for a 30-year fixed mortgage assuming a 20% down payment. They also kept to the criteria that housing not take up more than 28% of household income.

The cost information website How Much put the data in the handy visualization above…