Here’s How Much a Home Cost the Year You Were Born

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If it feels like homes are getting more and more expensive these days, it’s not your imagination.

Since the pandemic began, housing prices have gone up by nearly a third, as we recently reported. In some metros, it’s much higher.

The median home sales price in the U.S. for 2021 was $346,900. Of course, if you want to compare historical prices to today’s, you have to account for inflation.

That’s what we’ve done, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator and data on median home prices from a 40-year period. Federal Reserve data on American home sales prices goes back to 1963, and for perspective, we’ve also included home values for 1950 and 1960 using U.S. Census Bureau data.

Following is a look at national median and inflation-adjusted home sale prices over the past several decades.

2000

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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $165,300

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $275,319

1999

1990s-era kitchen in a house in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $157,400

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $269,341

1998

Aerial view of Phoenix, Arizona
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $152,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $264,794

1997

Children in front of a house in 1997
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $145,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $256,232

1996

1990s-era house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $137,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $249,464

1995

CRT TV
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $130,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $243,175

1994

House in Nashville, Tennessee
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $130,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $249,995

1993

Milwaukee homes
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $125,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $246,448

1992

1990s-era craftsman-style house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $119,500

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $243,282

1991

House in 1991
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $120,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $250,652

1990

Boston, Massachusetts, USA - April 28, 2021: 1986 Honda Accord won Car of the Year award in Japan. It was one of the most popular car in the world.
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $123,900

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $273,424

1989

1980s style house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $118,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $273,951

1988

Split-level 80s house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $110,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $267,297

1987

1980s brick ranch house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $97,900

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $247,521

1986

80s tile bathroom
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $88,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $225,739

1985

1980s kitchen with oak cabinets
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $82,800

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $220,655

1984

1980s rotary phone
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $78,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $215,758

1983

80s home bedroom
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $73,300

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $210,717

1982

1980s vhs video tape player and TV
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $66,400

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $197,966

1981

Adjusting an old radio knob
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $66,800

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $215,870

1980

New York City in 1980
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $63,700

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $230,194

1979

Late-1970s-era car in front of a home in Savannah, Georgia
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $60,600

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $249,452

1978

1970s cabinet
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $53,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $238,414

1977

Atari video game system, invented in 1972
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $46,300

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $222,515

1976

1970s-era house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $42,800

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $216,423

1975

1970s 8-track tapes
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $38,100

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $205,600

1974

1970s-era house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $35,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $212,369

1973

Woman sitting in her home in 1973
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $30,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $199,311

1972

1970s home patio chairs
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $26,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $179,223

1971

1960s- or 1970s-era house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $24,300

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $171,656

1970

1970 style interior
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $23,900

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $177,763

1969

1960s mid-century home in Florida
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $25,700

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $202,964

1968

1960s home in Michigan
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $23,900

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $197,051

1967

1960s home interior dining room and living room
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $22,300

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $190,565

1966

1960s home in Daytona Beach, Florida
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $21,000

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $185,664

1965

1960s home interior in Hawaii
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $20,200

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $182,025

1964

1960s home in Arkansas
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $18,500

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $168,325

1963

1960s-era house
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National median sale price for a house sold in the first quarter of this year: $17,800

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $164,620

1960

1960 Chemosphere house in Los Angeles
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National median home value in this year: $11,900

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $114,186

1950

House in Dearborn, Michigan
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National median home value in this year: $7,354

Adjusted for overall inflation (2022 dollars): $87,981

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