If you want to buy a house this year, you may well be paying around $199,200, the median price for a home in the U.S., according to Zillow.
That's far more than you'd have forked over 10, 20 or 50 years ago. In 1940, the median home value in the U.S. was just $2,938. In 1980, it was $47,200, and by 2000, it had risen to $119,600. Even adjusted for inflation, the median home price in 1940 would only have been $30,600 in 2000 dollars, according to data from the U.S. Census.
Of course, location matters. The median value for a house in New Mexico in 1940 was just $656 — or $6,800 when adjusted to 2000 dollars. The same year, the median value for a home in California clocked in at $3,527, or the equivalent of $36,700.
And prices haven't risen uniformly. The median home now costs about the same in Connecticut and Colorado, just under $167,000, but that's a significant shift upwards for Colorado since, half a century ago, the median Rocky Mountain home cost less than half as much as one in southern New England.
Read on to see how the cost of owning a home has changed in all 50 U.S. states since 1940.