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    Affording a median-priced home in Boston

    Buying a home in Boston is expensive—but how does it compare nationwide?

    Analysts with HSH.com calculated how much buyers would need to earn to afford the principal and interest payment on a median-priced home in their market. Property taxes, insurance, and other costs were not factored.

    Boston trailed only New York City and three California cities, while cities in Ohio rounded out the bottom 25.

    Affording a home

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    Income needed to afford a median-priced home in 25 US cities, with a 20 percent down payment. Monthly housing costs — mortgage, not taxes and insurance — would account for 28 percent of gross salary.

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    San Francisco: SALARY NEEDED - $115,510; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - $682,410

    San Diego: SALARY NEEDED - 81,570; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 476,790

    Los Angeles: SALARY NEEDED - 72,127; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 423,900

    New York City: SALARY NEEDED - 66,167; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 386,300

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    Boston: SALARY NEEDED - 63,673; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 371,300

    Washington, D.C.: SALARY NEEDED - 62,810; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 368,000

    Seattle: SALARY NEEDED - 59,130; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 344,400

    Denver: SALARY NEEDED - 48,123; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 279,300

    Portland, Ore.: SALARY NEEDED - 45,873; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 267,500

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    Miami: SALARY NEEDED - 43,919; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 254,900

    Sacramento: SALARY NEEDED - 42,832; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 250,360

    Baltimore: SALARY NEEDED - 41,155; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 241,700

    Philadelphia: SALARY NEEDED - 36,836; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 214,300

    Minneapolis: SALARY NEEDED - 33,800; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 197,100

    Phoenix: SALARY NEEDED - 32,812; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 192,700

    Chicago: SALARY NEEDED - 32,389; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 187,100

    Houston: SALARY NEEDED - 31,299; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 182,300

    Dallas: SALARY NEEDED - 29,751; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 173,900

    San Antonio: SALARY NEEDED - 29,305; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 171,700

    Orlando: SALARY NEEDED - 28,298; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 165,800

    Tampa: SALARY NEEDED - 24,651; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 142,400

    Atlanta: SALARY NEEDED - 24,391; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 142,400

    St. Louis: SALARY NEEDED - 22,398; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 130,300

    Cincinnati: SALARY NEEDED - 22,227; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 128,700

    Cleveland: SALARY NEEDED - 19,435; MEDIAN HOME PRICE - 112,800