Here’s How Much Real Estate $1 Million Buys You in Every Major U.S. City

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March 17 2014 1:48 PM

Here’s How Much Real Estate $1 Million Buys You in Every Major U.S. City

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"So, just how many houses could we get in Detroit for this?"

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This post originally appeared in Business Insider.

How much housing you can buy with a million dollars very much depends on what city you are looking to buy in.

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According to Knight Frank data cited by CNBC’s Robert Frank, a million dollars goes a lot further in Cape Town, South African, than it would in Monaco.

But what about in the U.S.?

We looked at housing list price data from real-estate brokerage Movoto.com and real-estate marketplace Zillow.com. The diagram below shows the number of square feet of housing that you can buy for $1 million, based on the median price per square foot in each city:

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Andy Kiersz/Business Insider, data from Movoto and Zillow

With a median list price of $666 per square foot, San Francisco's real-estate boom limits a million dollars to buying about 1,500 square feet. On the other end of the spectrum, the median list price in beleaguered Detroit is just $12 per square foot—55 times cheaper than in San Francisco.

Considering all five boroughs, the median price per square foot in New York City is $424. Looking just at Manhattan, however, that price jumps to an astronomical $1,538 per square foot, leading to $1 million buying just 650 square feet.

Andy Kiersz is a reporter at Business Insider.

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