The average cost of a single-family home in 2020 was $267,726, but in 2021, the average cost increased to $301,855—that’s a difference of about $34,000 (or half a year’s median salary). Nationwide, single-family home price increases ranged from 3.2% to 27% (yikes!).
● Alaska saw only a 3.2% increase in single-family home prices, the lowest in the nation.
● Only 13 states managed to keep housing price increases under 10% year to year; only 3 states saw less than 5% increases: Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
● Despite having one of the most expensive average home prices in the US, Washington DC saw one of the smallest single-family home price increases at 5.6% (the fourth lowest in the US).
While housing prices increased everywhere, some states’ single-family home prices fluctuated far more than their one-bedroom home prices. This may reflect inventory and demographic demands.
For example, single-family homes in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California increased by nearly 15%, while one-bedroom homes increased by 10% or less—meaning that these states had more families moving in with fewer homes to supply the demand.