Washington, D.C.’s residential real estate, including many new buildings centered around 14th and U streets NW, shown here, is roughly the value of Microsoft Corp.
That’s one takeaway from LendingTree’s new ranking of most valuable cities, which compares the country’s top 50 metros based on the value of their residential real estate markets.
Washington, D.C., ranked No. 5 on the list, with a total value of $826 billion, a little less than the value of Google parent Alphabet Inc., which was valued at $994 million by Standard & Poors in February, LendingTree reports. The median home value in the city was $466,000, according to the data.
Nearby, Baltimore came in 22nd with a total value of $301 billion, roughly equivalent to the value of banking giant Bank of America Corp. Philadelphia came in 10th, with a value of $577 billion, putting it on par with another tech giant, Facebook Inc.
To see the full ranking, check out the chart below.
To determine its ranking, LendingTree used home value figures from January 2020 compiled on its My LendingTree property value database. The database includes estimated home values for more than 155 million properties in the U.S. based on public tax, deed, mortgage and foreclosure data, as well as proprietary local data.
LendingTree Reveals the Most Valuable Cities in America
American households own $29.2 trillion of residential real estate, a significant part of the $107 trillion in household net worth in the United States. Financial assets add $87.7 trillion to household net worth and consumer durable goods add $5.7 trillion. Debts, including mortgage debt, subtract $15.4 trillion from Americans’ household net worth.
Real estate wealth is not evenly distributed across the country and is largely concentrated in large cities. But it begs the question: What are the most valuable cities in America?
LendingTree analyzed the total value of residential real estate in American cities. The real estate values come from the My LendingTree property value database, which is a collection of real estate data of more than 155 million U.S. properties. The total value of residential real estate in the database was $32.6 trillion, close to the Federal Reserve’s estimate of total residential real estate value of $32.9 trillion.
For comparison, the total value of issued corporate equity (stocks) in the U.S. is $49.6 trillion. We compared each city to the U.S. stock market to find the company that most closely matched its value. We also compared the total value of residential properties in each city to the GDP of countries around the world.
Of course, the comparisons are not apples to apples: GDP represents a single year’s output while the value of homes persists year after year (mostly upward and a few times declining). Cities represent the sum of individually-owned properties while stocks are the exact opposite: fractional ownership of a single company. Nonetheless, we paired up cities with their equivalent country GDP and company stock market values to get a sense of value.
Most valuable cities in America
1. New York
Total residential real estate value: $2.8 trillion
Median home value: $501,000
Country equivalent, GDP: United Kingdom, $2.7 trillion
Company equivalent, market value: Apple + Microsoft, $2.8 trillion
2. Los Angeles
Total residential real estate value: $2.3 trillion
Median home value: $668,000
Country equivalent, GDP: Italy, $2.1 trillion
Company equivalent, market value: Amazon + Alphabet + AT&T, $2.3 trillion
3. San Francisco
Total residential real estate value: $1.3 trillion
Median home value: $959,000
Country equivalent, GDP: Mexico, $1.3 trillion
Company equivalent, market value: Microsoft, $1.4 trillion
Total residential real estate value: $906 billion
Median home value: $245,000
Country equivalent, GDP: Netherlands, $902 billion
Company equivalent, market value: Alphabet, $994 billion
5. Washington, D.C.
Total residential real estate value: $826 billion
Median home value: $455,000
Country equivalent, GDP: Saudi Arabia, $779 billion
Company equivalent, market value: Microsoft, $994 billion
To determine the total value of cities, LendingTree looked at home value figures pulled in January 2020 from the My LendingTree property value database. The database includes estimated home values for more than 155 million properties in the U.S. based on public tax, deed, mortgage and foreclosure data, as well as proprietary local data used to power home financing recommendations for My LendingTree users. The total value of real estate in metropolitan areas in the database was $32.6 trillion, close to the Federal Reserve’s estimate of total residential real estate value of $32.9 trillion. GDP data was taken from the IMF’s World Economic Outlook published in October 2019. Stock market values were pulled in February 2020 from S&P.
Top 50 cities ranked by value
|1||New York||$2,838||$501,000||Apple Inc + Microsoft Corp||United Kingdom|
|2||Los Angeles||$2,289||$668,000||Amazon.com Inc + Alphabet Inc||Italy|
|3||San Francisco||$1,320||$959,000||Microsoft Corp||Mexico|
|5||Washington, D.C.||$826||$455,000||Alphabet Inc||Saudi Arabia|
|6||Boston||$815||$498,000||Alphabet Inc||Saudi Arabia|
|7||Miami||$774||$297,000||Facebook Inc||Saudi Arabia|
|11||San Jose, Calif.||$568||$1,100,000||Berkshire Hathaway Inc||Poland|
|12||San Diego||$564||$594,000||Berkshire Hathaway Inc||Poland|
|13||Houston||$535||$211,000||Berkshire Hathaway Inc||Thailand|
|14||Atlanta||$531||$227,000||Berkshire Hathaway Inc||Thailand|
|15||Riverside, Calif.||$485||$365,000||JPMorgan Chase & Co||Iran|
|16||Phoenix||$484||$276,000||JPMorgan Chase & Co||Iran|
|17||Denver||$439||$430,000||JPMorgan Chase & Co||Argentina|
|18||Minneapolis||$383||$294,000||Johnson & Johnson||Ireland|
|20||Portland, Ore.||$319||$401,000||Walmart Inc||Bangladesh|
|21||Sacramento, Calif.||$318||$410,000||Procter & Gamble Co/The||Bangladesh|
|22||Baltimore||$301||$284,000||Bank of America Corp||Egypt|
|23||Tampa, Fla.||$286||$216,000||Intel Corp||Pakistan|
|24||Austin, Texas||$248||$323,000||Coca-Cola Co/The||Czech Republic|
|25||Charlotte, N.C||$248||$223,000||Coca-Cola Co/The||Czech Republic|
|26||Orlando, Fla.||$233||$245,000||Merck & Co Inc||Portugal|
|27||Honolulu||$219||$705,000||Merck & Co Inc||Greece|
|28||Nashville, Tenn.||$209||$265,000||Pfizer Inc||New Zealand|
|29||St. Louis||$202||$162,000||Chevron Corp||New Zealand|
|30||Las Vegas||$191||$278,000||Wells Fargo & Co||Qatar|