These 10 cities have the most expensive homes in America right now

LendingTree ranks the cities with the most and least real estate valued at over seven figures.

These 10 cities have the most expensive homes in America right now
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When you add up the number of tech companies in California’s Bay Area and the fat paychecks of most tech jobs, it won’t be any surprise to learn that San Jose and San Francisco have the highest percentage of million-dollar homes (out of the total available housing units) of any city in the U.S.


According to a new analysis of U.S. Census data by LendingTree, 56% of San Jose’s housing stock is valued at over $1 million, while San Francisco boasts 42%. Yet from there, the percentage of high-value homes falls precipitously. Although California cities take up the third and fourth slots on the ranking, million-dollar homes in Los Angeles and San Diego only make up 19% and 14% of the entire housing stock.

Here’s the top 10:

  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • Seattle
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami
  • Denver

Yet each of these cities has fewer than 11% of million-dollar residences.

Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh bring up the rear with the fewest number of homes valued at over $1 million. You can see the full list here.

About the author

Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.