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The smartest place to buy a home in each state

GOBankingRates Logo By Joel Anderson of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 51: Although most of the decisions you have to make about where you live are out of your control, when you do have the flexibility to expand your search, it’s important to remember that finding the best market can often mean getting more house for your dollar. When you’re looking in markets where the sellers are fighting for you, it can mean getting a better deal on a place that will make you and your family happy for some time.Click through to see how much home you can buy with the average income in your state.More on Real EstateThe Biggest Homes for Sale Across AmericaCraziest Things That Kill Your Home’s ValueHow to Decide Whether to Buy or Build a HouseDisclaimer: Some of the images are representational.Methodology: GOBankingrates used Zillow’s Buyer-Seller Index to identify markets with the greatest “buyer’s market” in the state, aka the city with the lowest buyer-seller index number in the state. GOBankingRates then used home value forecast, home value of single-family home and livability score, which factors in crime and education metrics, sourced from Areavibes.com.

Looking for a new city? Here are the best places to buy a home.

Although most of the decisions you have to make about where you live are out of your control, when you do have the flexibility to expand your search, it’s important to remember that finding the best market can often mean getting more house for your dollar. When you’re looking in markets where the sellers are fighting for you, it can mean getting a better deal on a place that will make you and your family happy for some time.

Click or swipe through to see how much home you can buy with the average income in your state.

Methodology: GOBankingrates used Zillow’s Buyer-Seller Index to identify markets with the greatest “buyer’s market” in the state, aka the city with the lowest buyer-seller index number in the state. GOBankingRates then used home value forecast, home value of single-family home and livability score, which factors in crime and education metrics, sourced from Areavibes.com.

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