Denver and Seattle may be the top teams in football, but as housing markets, they are not exactly in the same league. Their populations are about the same, in the low 600,000s, but their demographics differ enough to make homes in Seattle nearly twice as pricey as those in Denver.
The median home value in Seattle comes in at $430,700, while Denver's hovers around $253,300, according to the Zillow Home Value Index. Denver's pricing, however, is recovering faster than Seattle's, up 9.5 percent from a year ago versus Seattle's 8.4 percent gain.
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The differences in the two markets are based on income, as all housing always is. The median income in Seattle is $45,736, while the median income in Denver is $39,500. Denver also has more homes with kids, which brings down housing and household spending power.