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San Francisco Calif: 2nd least affordable metro area
San Francisco Calif.
$575,000: A 1-bed, 1.5-bath condo in the heart of the city.
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Median home price: $575,000
Median income: $94,300
Affordability score: 20.6%

Home prices have been in steady decline in the Bay area since the second quarter of 2006, when the median house sold for $769,000, according to the NAHB-Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.

Even though median income, at $94,500, is among the highest in the nation, the median price of $575,000 during the last three months of 2008 meant only 20.6% of homes sold were affordable for the typical San Francisco metro area family.

Unlike most California housing markets, San Francisco's has, so far, managed to avoid a widespread foreclosure problem; only 7,200 households had foreclosure filings last year, fewer than 1% of all households. Still, that's double the rate of 2007.

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Last updated February 26 2009: 12:46 PM ET
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