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Distribution of Home Prices, September 2013 (Quoctrung Bui)

'Not Everyone Lives In NY, SF Or LA,' In 1 Graph

by Quoctrung Bui
Nov 19, 2013

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We made a graph today that we found interesting. It's the distribution of home sales prices from September of this year from the National Association of Realtors. It shows that most homes sold for prices that, to someone living in an expensive, coastal city, seem pretty affordable.

We weren't sure if that was just our provincial, New York point of view. So we asked on Twitter what the headline should be.

Several people were struck, like us, by the divide between coastal enclaves and the national picture:

Thank you Gaetan Voyer-Perraul. In the end, we decided to go with your headline.

Others looked more broadly at the distribution of prices:

These folks had strong feelings about our color scheme and design:

And some people just hated the chart:

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