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Wondering What The Most Expensive Zip Code In Every State
By Elyssa Kirkham, Finance Writer
Ask a real estate agent what the biggest factor in determining a property's value is and they won't even have to think to tell you "location, location, location." The most expensive zip codes offer high-value homes with desirable features like a large amount of square footage, waterfront views and luxury add-ons.
To find the most expensive neighborhoods in each state, GOBankingRates surveyed median home value data from Zillow for hundreds of zip codes in all 50 states. This ranking lists the most expensive zip code in each state from the cheapest to the most expensive. Click through to see where most of the highest-valued properties are in your state.
50. South Dakota: 57033
Median home value: $225,300
A suburb just west of Sioux Falls, Hartford is a small community of just under 3,000 residents. Its proximity to the larger city of Sioux Falls means there are potentially more job opportunities for Hartford residents. This zip code also offers relative affordability, with median home values of $225,300, about 4.5 times the median household income in South Dakota as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
49. Mississippi: 39110
Median home value: $238,800
The 39110 zip code is located north of Jackson, Miss., and includes several Madison neighborhoods as well as portions of adjacent cities Canton and Flora. The Annandale and Mannsdale neighborhoods are the priciest of this zip code. All of Madison, however, offers a safe environment with crime rates well below the national median, according to neighborhood data aggregator NeighborhoodScout.com.
48. Wyoming: 82009
Median home value: $246,200
The 82009 zip code is a slice of suburbia that includes parts of Cheyenne and surrounding areas north of the state's largest city. Wyoming has a relatively high median income ― $57,406 ― which means most households in this state could potentially afford homes in this zip code.
47. West Virginia: 25442
City: Shenandoah Junction
Median home value: $280,000
In West Virginia, the priciest zip code includes Shenandoah Junction and bordering town Harpers Ferry, less than two hours northwest of Washington, D.C. The closest major city to this zip code is Martinsburg, W.V., although Frederick and Hagerstown are also nearby. According to NeighborhoodScout.com, neighborhoods within this zip code are peaceful, quiet and ideal for retirees.
46. Nebraska: 68526
Median home value: $284,700
This suburb of Lincoln, Neb., is a popular place for wealthy professionals, executives and managers to live, according to NeighborhoodScout.com. Homes in this zip code also tend to be newer and built after 1999. This zip code is also home to one golf course and less than a mile from two others.
45. Maine: 04562
Median home value: $285,400
With plenty of waterfront property, this coastal zip code includes the town of Phippsburg, a small artists' enclave that's a popular vacation spot. In fact, many of the homes in Phippsburg are second or vacation homes of the wealthy, according to NeighborhoodScout.com. As one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the state, it might be out of reach financially for most Maine residents. The median home value in this area is too high to be affordable for a household earning the state's median income of $48,453.
44. Arkansas: 72223
City: Little Rock
Median home value: $310,000
The community in this zip code is a suburb of Little Rock that's just a short commute west of the city with households that earn upper-middle-class to upper-class incomes, and they have to in order to afford the high-value homes in the area. Affording a home priced at the median value would require an annual income of at least $60,000, which is 34 percent higher than Little Rock's median household income of $44,896.
43. Idaho: 83616
Median home value: $326,000
Eagle is a suburb of Boise northwest of the state capital and also home to some of the highest incomes in the state. Although Idaho's median household income is just $46,767, Eagle households earn 73 percent more ― a median income of $80,788 ― according to U.S. Census data, making homes easily affordable for those who live here.
42. North Dakota: 58503
Median home value: $328,700
North Dakota's most expensive zip code includes suburban neighborhoods north of Bismarck. People in Bismarck earn a median household income of $54,969, but people living in the 58503 zip code likely have higher incomes to afford the area's homes, which are 65 percent higher than the median home value for the state of $198,800, as reported by Zillow.
41. Iowa: 50061
Median home value: $342,300
Less than 20 miles southwest of Des Moines' city center, Iowa's most expensive zip code includes suburbs like Cumming and Orilla. This neighborhood's homes are worth three times the typical Des Moines home, which has a median value of $113,500 according to Zillow.
40. Kentucky: 40059
Median home value: $350,900
Kentucky's most expensive zip code consists of suburbs northeast of Louisville and including communities like Prospect and River Bluff. The most expensive neighborhoods in this zip code are among the top 1.7 percent of America's wealthiest communities, and it's not unusual to see luxury cars cruising through the area, according to NeighborhoodScout.com.
39. Louisiana: 70118
City: New Orleans
Median home value: $374,400
In the heart of New Orleans is Louisiana's richest zip code, which is home to Tulane University and includes neighborhoods like Dixon, Holly Grove, East Carrollton, Black Pearl and Audubon. Properties near Tulane and the waterfront of the Mississippi River have the highest values, and these neighborhoods also include many historic homes that embody the old-world charm of New Orleans.
38. Montana: 59911
Median home value: $394,100
Montana's highest-value zip code sits on the east shore of Flathead Lake and includes Bigfork and other areas like Bear Dance, Woods Bay and Swan Lake. With plenty of waterfront property on both Flathead Lake and nearby rivers, as well as relative proximity to popular outdoor spots like Glacier National Park, Bigfork is attractive to wealthy people looking for a nature-rich community.
37. Indiana: 46301
City: Beverly Shores, Ind.
Median home value: $396,600
The 46301 zip code in Indiana covers a small slice of shoreline that includes the resort community of Beverly Shores. Some of the homes in Beverly Shores were actually built as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago for the Homes of Tomorrow exhibit. This area offers a quiet, natural setting and proximity to Lake Michigan beaches.
City: Oklahoma City
Median home value: $405,100
An upper-class residential area northeast of Oklahoma City, the 73151 area code is part of the wealthy Witcher neighborhood, which is in the top 2 percent of U.S. neighborhoods by incomes, according to NeighborhoodScout.com. Homes in this area are over three times more valuable than homes throughout Oklahoma City, which have a median value of $125,700, according to Zillow data.
35. Wisconsin: 53726
Median home value: $430,000
Adjacent to the University of Wisconsin and just a few blocks from the Lake Mendota shore, the 53726 zip code has plenty to offer residents. This residential area is located about a mile from Madison's city center and has homes worth more than double the city's median home value of $208,700, as reported by Zillow.
34. Michigan: 48302
City: Bloomfield Hills
Median home value: $437,800
Bloomfield Hills is part of the 48301 zip code, a half-hour commute northwest of Detroit's city center. This area is dense with smaller lakes and bodies of water as well as golf courses, and properties bordering either attraction typically have higher prices. Homes in this area are valued about 11.5 times higher than the $37,800 median value for Detroit properties, as reported by Zillow.
33. Kansas: 66224
Median home value: $438,700
Just a half-hour commute south of Kansas City, Mo., this suburban zip code's homes are over four times as expensive as the Kansas City area overall median price, according to Zillow. Even so, these homes are likely affordable for Leawood residents, whose median household income of $135,960 is 2.6 times higher than Kansas' overall median household income of $51,332, according to Census Bureau data.
32. Alaska: 99516
Median home value: $439,200
Anchorage's 99516 zip code is located on the southern edge of the city, bordering Chugach State Park and the coastline of the Cook Inlet. The area's beautiful views of nature and its proximity to Anchorage ― as close as 10 miles to the city center are part of what makes this area so valuable. Even so, the gap between home values in this zip code and the rest of Anchorage is fairly small: Home values are only 52 percent higher within the 99516 ip code.
31. Ohio: 45174
City: Terrace Park
Median home value: $467,600
Ohio's most expensive zip code is the Terrace Park community, which is a suburb just a half-hour east of Cincinnati. This town is bordered on two sides by the Little Miami River, offering some of its residents prime riverfront views. Home values in this area increased rapidly over the course of 2015, up 7.3 percent, and are projected to rise another 4.5 percent in 2016, according to Zillow estimates.
30. Alabama: 35213
City: Mountain Brook
Median home value: $480,800
Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, has the zip code with the state's highest home values, which are nearly eight times higher than the median home value of $60,600 throughout Birmingham reported by Zillow. The incomes in Mountain Brook are also higher, with the median of $131,281, according to Census Bureau data, which is three times the state's median household income of $43,253.
29. Vermont: 05445
Median home value: $482,600
The 05445 zip code falls in the small town of Charlotte, which is just a half-hour drive south of Burlington, Vt. Charlotte includes homes on the waterfront of Lake Champlain and is where many of Burlington's white-collar, high-earning workers choose to live.
28. Rhode Island: 02835
Median home value: $529,200
Rhode Island's most expensive zip code covers Jamestown, an island town that offers plenty of coastline and beachfront properties as well as homes with ocean views. Although Rhode Island's homes are fairly valuable overall with a median of $229,100, Jamestown homes are worth 2.3 times more.
27. Tennessee: 37215
Median home value: $564,400
Nashville is famous for its music scene, and its richest zip code is home to a famous landmark of Nashville music: The Bluebird Cafe. The 37215 area is southeast of Nashville's city center and includes the Green Hills neighborhood and Forest Hills. Residents of this area will have to pay a high premium for real estate, but they earn some of the state's highest incomes ― the Forest Hills median household income is $174,531 a year.
26. Minnesota: 55424
Median home value: $621,800
The 55424 zip code is a suburb of Minneapolis that includes part of the city of Edina and several wealthy neighborhoods, such as Sunny Slope and Arden Park. Edina itself has a higher median income of $84,349, which is 41 percent higher than the state's median income, and residents of the 55424 zip code likely earn even more to be able to afford the area's high home prices.
25. New Mexico: 87506
City: Santa Fe
Median home value: $632,300
North of Santa Fe is this wealthy suburban area making up the 87506 zip code, which also borders the Tesuque Pueblo, Hyde Memorial State Park and Santa Fe National Forest. Residents of neighborhoods in this zip code tend to be highly educated with incomes that put this in the top 2 percent of the richest neighborhoods in the country, according to NeighborhoodScout.com.
24. Nevada: 89451
City: Incline Village
Median home value: $648,000
Incline Village on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe has the highest real estate prices in the state. This is mostly due to the demand for the area's shorefront property and lake views, as well as property near ski areas such as Diamond Peak and other area attractions.
23. Oregon: 97210
Median home value: $696,000
Northwest Portland has Oregon's highest-value homes in neighborhoods like Willamette Heights, Kings Heights and Bonny Slope. Located adjacent to downtown Portland, one of the best cities for saving money according to a 2015 GOBankingRates study, this area has a high concentration of urban sophisticates, high-earning executives and same-sex couples, according to NeighborhoodScout.com.
22. Delaware: 19807
Median home value: $725,500
A suburb of Wilmington, Del., the 19807 zip code is on the border of Delaware and Pennsylvania and includes cities such as Greenville, Westover Hills, Montchanin and Swallow Hill. This area has larger homes, typically with four bedrooms or more, at prices that homeowners would typically need six-figure incomes to afford.
21. Missouri: 63124
Median home value: $774,600
Ladue is a suburb of St. Louis, Mo. and is a short 20-minute commute west of the city center. In the state's most valuable zip code, a typical home is worth well over three-quarters of $1 million. With a local median income of $176,369 in Ladue, according to Census Bureau data, even these high prices are within what could be considered relatively affordable for the residents of this zip code.
20. North Carolina: 28480
City: Wrightsville Beach
Median home value: $834,900
Wrightsville Beach in the 28480 zip code is a coastal town that's a short 25-minute commute outside of Wilmington, N.C. With beachfront property and ocean views, this location offers numerous attractions to residents, which is reflected in the area's high home values.
19. Georgia: 30327
Median home value: $888,000
The 30327 zip code is northwest of Atlanta and includes the area's wealthiest suburban neighborhoods, such as Mt. Paran and Northside, as well as portions of Sandy Springs. Home values are high in this zip code, having risen 4.2 percent in 2015, and are projected by Zillow to increase a further 3.9 percent in 2016.
18. Utah: 84060
City: Park City
Median home value: $908,100
Not only is Park City one of the most popular luxury ski spots in the U.S., it's also the home of the Sundance Film Festival, which draws in plenty of movie stars and celebrities each year. In fact, several celebrities like Michael Jordan, Will Smith and Katherine Heigl have purchased Park City homes. Park City properties remain in high demand, with home values jumping 15 percent in 2015 alone, according to Zillow.
17. Pennsylvania: 19035
Median home value: $910,400
Gladwyne is a small, wealthy suburb that's about a half-hour's commute northwest of Philadelphia. This neighborhood has a history of old money and continues to be an affluent area with homes typically valued just under $1 million. It's also one of the highest-earning zip codes in the nation, reported CNN Money, which put the median annual income for residents of this area at a $628,939 in 2014.
16. Maryland: 21405
Median home value: $920,900
The 21405 zip code sits on the edge of the Severn River, a short 20-minute commute northwest of the center of Annapolis ― 40 minutes south of Baltimore ― and includes the community of Sherwood Forest. Demand for these riverfront properties has apparently been high, as home values in this area increased 10.4 percent in in 2015, according to Zillow.
15. Virginia: 22066
City: Great Falls
Median home value: $1,064,500
The 22066 zip code runs along the Potomac River and is a suburb about an hour's commute outside of the District of Columbia. This zip code includes the census-designated area of Great Falls and the community of Shady Oak and is home to people with a median household income of $224,930, which is more than 3.5 times the state median income of $63,907.
14. New Hampshire: 03854
City: New Castle
Median home value: $1,181,900
The New Hampshire island that's home to the state's priciest city of New Castle is located in the mouth of the Piscataqua River just east of Portsmouth, N.H. Demand for New Castle homes has remained high. The area and surrounding communities experienced record-setting sales in December 2015, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
13. Texas: 75205
City: Highland Park
Median home value: $1,221,800
Because homes in Texas' most expensive zip code are typically valued above $1.2 million, it's not surprising that those who live in the zip code's towns of Highland Park and University Park earn high incomes to match. Highland Park's median household income is $191,422 according to census data, and University Park's median household income is $173,520. A suburb of Dallas, this area is close to Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Country Club.
12. Hawaii: 96821
Median home value: $1,232,900
The 96821 zip code is a wealthy area just 20 minutes east of Honolulu on Hawaii's third-largest island, Oahu, and includes ritzy communities such as Kahala and Waianae, as well as Hawaii Kai and Kalani Iki. Offering some of the best beachfront properties and ocean views, it's no wonder that the area's homes are valued well over $1 million.
11. Arizona: 85253
City: Paradise Valley
Median home value: $1,324,200
Arizona's richest community is Paradise Valley in the 85253 zip code, just north of Scottsdale and just a half-hour drive northeast of Phoenix. Paradise Valley has been home to stars such as former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, boxer Mike Tyson and rock star Alice Cooper, according to The Arizona Republic.
The local median income is $125,880, according to the Census Bureau. Even though these incomes are high, they won't necessarily qualify someone to snag a typical $1.3 million home in this area ― in fact, this median income could likely only afford a home half that price.
10. South Carolina: 29482
City: Sullivan's Island
Median home value: $1,476,100
The coastal zip code of 29482 includes the town of Sullivan's Island, just south of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and east of Charleston, which offers plenty of temperate Atlantic oceanfront properties.
Homes here are valued at just under $1.5 million, thanks to a 13.7 percent jump in home values in 2015, as reported by Zillow. Price increases in this area are set to slow but continue at a pace of 4.6 percent in 2016.
9. Massachusetts: 02535
Median home value: $1,496,000
Located on the famous Martha's Vineyard island, Chilmark is in the 02535 zip code, which is the most expensive in the state. Not even the high-demand prices around Boston can match the value of the luxury homes of Martha's Vineyard, where many of the rich and famous ― such as Spike Lee and the Obama and Clinton families ― live or vacation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
8. Illinois: 60043
Median home value: $1,511,400
Kenilworth is a town in the 60043 zip code that's about a 50-minute commute north of Chicago's city center and is located on the coast of Lake Michigan. It's also home to the highest earners in Chicago and is one of the richest zip codes in the nation with a 2014 median income of $567,115, according to CNN Money.
7. Colorado: 81611
Median home value: $1,580,100
Aspen is a world-famous ski town known as one of the most popular playgrounds of the rich and famous, and many of the homes in the area are seasonally occupied vacation properties.
With plenty of ski slopes and the beautiful Rocky Mountains to enjoy, Aspen is a popular vacation destination for stars like Rihanna, Kate Hudson and Dakota Johnson. Other famous celebrities have opted to own a home in the area, including Antonio Banderas, David Geffen and Kevin Costner, who gushed that his huge Aspen ranch is "heaven on earth" in an interview with Men's Journal.
6. Connecticut: 06830
Median home value: $1,614,500
Greenwich is one of the top-earning communities in the U.S., reported CNN Money, with a median income of $511,544. Notable wealthy residents of this zip code have included the late and infamous real estate investor and hotelier Leona Helmsley and former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill.
5. Washington: 98039
Median home value: $2,226,300
Medina is a small town located on the coast of Lake Washington, east of Seattle and adjacent to Bellevue, and is a cultured community full of urban sophisticates, according to NeighborhoodScout.com.
With plenty of corporate giants located in Seattle ― most notably Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon ― Medina is home to the elite who have gotten rich off of the tech sector. The richest man in the U.S., Bill Gates, owns an expansive Medina mansion that cost $63 million to build and is likely worth twice that now, according to Business Insider. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, also owns a 29,000-square-foot mansion nearby that sits on over five acres of waterfront property, according to Curbed.com.
4. New Jersey: 07620
Median home value: $2,809,300
A suburb of New York City, Alpine sits just across the Hudson River from Yonkers and is a popular spot for professionals who commute into the city. It has numerous multimillion-dollar homes. For example, actor Tracy Morgan bought a $13.9 million, 22-bedroom mansion in 2015, which comes complete with a two-lane bowling alley.
3. Florida: 33109
City: Fisher Island
Median home value: $3,212,200
Fisher Island, located just south of Miami Beach, is a small man-made island that was formerly a private retreat for the Vanderbilt family. Today, it largely consists of beachfront condominium complexes.
Fisher Island is also the richest zip code in the nation; Locals' median income of $1.1 million is the highest in the U.S, reported CNN Money, making even $3.2 million homes seem relatively affordable.
2. New York: 11976
City: Water Mill
Median home value: $3,320,700
The 11976 zip code includes the city of Water Mill on Long Island and pricey neighborhoods such as Southampton, Sagaponack and Sag Harbor. It's the center of the Hamptons, home to the rich and famous of New York, like late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon, who bought a six-bedroom home in Sagaponack for $5.5 million, according to Curbed.com.
Zillow's median home value index prices homes in this area at $3.3 million; however, Forbes puts the 2015 median listing price in Sagaponack at $7.4 million.
1. California: 94027
Median home value: $6,351,700
Atherton is a small town adjacent to Menlo Park, Calif., and Palo Alto, which is the center of the Silicon Valley tech boom and base for companies like Facebook and Google. Atherton is the home of tech giants like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and HP CEO Meg Whitman, according to Forbes.
As the most expensive zip code in the U.S., Atherton has seen home prices increase as much as 40 percent year over year recently. Although the median home value is $6.3 million according to Zillow's index, Forbes reported that median listing price was as high as $10.6 million during the summer of 2015.
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