51. Washington, D.C.
Median starter home value: $335,700
The nation’s capital has the highest median starter-home value. Even if you have enough money, good luck finding a home to spend it on. As a broker told The Washington Post in March, housing in the capital is “flying off the market.”
The broker says that, for around $300,000, first-time buyers in the District of Columbia are probably looking at a condo or co-op, and that the smarter buy is an older, unimproved unit near the Metro railway, not the kind of brand-new residence many buyers dream about.