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Here’s How Much You Need To Earn To Buy A Home...

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. 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 cost information website How Much put the data in the handy visualization above to show how stark the differences are between each coast. Boston ranks as the most expensive city on the East Coast, but only two other cities on that side of the country—New York City and Washington D.C.—make the top ten. But still, to have San Jose be more than twice as much as New York City doesn't just come down to comparing mansions to tiny shoebox apartments. It shows how much of a stronghold the tech world has on Northern California and its tech-city cousins of Seattle and Portland. San Jose, CA: $274,623 2. Los Angeles, CA: $114,908 5. New York City, NY: $103,235 8. Denver, CO: $93,263 10.