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The COVID-19 pandemic had devastating economic consequences in the United States, grinding entire industries to a halt. One sector that did not suffer, however, was real estate. Driven by the pandemic, existing home sales hit their highest level in nearly a decade and a half in 2020.

The median home sale price in the United States was $265,000 in 2020 -- $30,000 more than it was the previous year. A quarter of a million dollars, however, is not affordable for many Americans. Still, for those on a tight budget, there are many parts of the country where most homes are selling for far less.

Using median home sale prices provided by ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate and property data company, 24/7 Wall St. identified the least expensive ZIP codes in each state.

Only about 11,300 homes were bought and sold across Mississippi in 2020, nearly the fewest of any state. Partially as a result, only six ZIP codes in the state had a sample size of home sales last year large enough to be sufficient for analysis. Of them, the 38671 ZIP code, located near the northwest corner of the state, has the least expensive homes. The local median home sale value of $162,697 is well below the comparable median of $218,250 statewide.

Home values are often driven up by demand, and demand is driven by population growth. Between 2010 and 2019, however, the number of people living in the area climbed by just 4.9%, far less than half the comparable growth of every other ZIP code in the state with home sale data. For context, the U.S. population expanded by 6.8% over the same period.

ZIP codes were ranked based on median sales price of condos and single-family homes in 2020. Only ZIP codes with at least 1,000 single-family homes and condos and where at least 500 of housing units were sold in 2020 were considered. The estimated market value is determined by ATTOM's automated valuation model.

Supplemental data on median household income, the share of households that are at least 50 years old, and unemployment are five-year estimates at the ZIP code level for 2015-2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Least expensive ZIPLocationMedian home sales price ($)Median household income ($)ZIP codes in state with home sale data
Alabama: 35810Huntsville88,00037,48833
Alaska: 99504Anchorage282,25079,4725
Arizona: 85364Yuma175,00043,314136
Arkansas: 72401Jonesboro96,25042,21830
California: 95969Paradise30,00051,625207
Colorado: 81005Pueblo227,00050,77986
Connecticut: 06790Torrington159,47563,05716
Delaware: 19805Wilmington140,00047,8858
Florida: 32208Jacksonville78,65034,565372
Georgia: 31204Macon75,00034,407146
Hawaii: 96792Waianae410,00066,7669
Idaho: 83201Pocatello201,26350,52616
Illinois: 61401Galesburg68,00038,02777
Indiana: 46218Indianapolis53,00024,51762
Iowa: 52601Burlington89,25049,61321
Kansas: 66104Kansas City103,34439,7267
Kentucky: 42240Hopkinsville123,00042,95530
Louisiana: 71112Bossier City135,00051,62316
Maryland: 21223Baltimore26,00028,54954
Michigan: 48228Detroit34,50027,33755
Minnesota: 55912Austin132,00050,27442
Mississippi: 38671Southaven162,69751,2146
Missouri: 63136Saint Louis37,00032,22349
Montana: 59101Billings224,00049,5146
Nebraska: 68104Omaha135,00048,62012
Nevada: 89103Las Vegas199,00042,53744
New Jersey: 08332Millville124,75057,26550
New Mexico: 88310Alamogordo169,09743,30712
New York: 14616Rochester127,00052,66016
North Carolina: 28052Gastonia115,00039,426121
North Dakota: 58103Fargo190,00046,8663
Ohio: 43211Columbus58,50026,72460
Oklahoma: 73110Oklahoma City97,50043,05930
Oregon: 97603Klamath Falls199,50051,97237
Pennsylvania: 19140Philadelphia48,25022,79046
Rhode Island: 02889Warwick243,00077,7831
South Carolina: 29841North Augusta145,00052,51658
Tennessee: 38127Memphis45,00029,79892
Texas: 78521Brownsville97,37532,169160
Utah: 84404Ogden274,72462,73235
Virginia: 24012Roanoke146,13046,41475
Washington: 99207Spokane195,00041,40169
West Virginia: 26508Morgantown264,45070,9041
Wisconsin: 54220Manitowoc120,00051,54226
Wyoming: 82001Cheyenne264,41263,0252

This article originally ran on 247wallst.com.

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