The U.S. States With The Most Million Dollar Homes – ~DC 16X Average

Whether it’s a mansion in the suburbs or a penthouse in the city center, the price tag of any prime piece of real estate is usually measured in the millions.


Where in the United States can the most multi-million dollar homes be found – and which specific cities have the highest growth rates for high-end property listings?

Million Dollar Homes

Today’s interactive visualization comes to us from Overflow Data, and it shows the percentage of homes worth greater than a million dollars in each state, as well as D.C.

The first thing that stands out here is the skewed distribution.

The rate of million dollar homes per state ranges from 0.5% (Indiana) to 17.3% (D.C.), but the median is only 1.1%. That means that the vast amount of states are closer to the zero end of the spectrum.

In fact, only six jurisdictions exceed the 4% mark:

Rank Jurisdiction % of million dollar homes
#1 Washington, D.C. 17.3%
#2 California 13.6%
#3 Hawaii 13.5%
#4 New York 7.0%
#5 Massachusetts 5.2%
#6 Connecticut 4.5%

Leading the pack is Washington D.C. with 17.3% of all homes exceeding the $1 million benchmark. This puts the nation’s capital ahead of California (13.6%), Hawaii (13.5%), and New York (7.0%).

The high degree of expensive homes in D.C. is not surprising, since the district is a small, urban jurisdiction, with no real “countryside” where more affordable homes can usually be found.

Washington, D.C. map

Changing Cities

But what specific cities are trending upwards? Where are there increasing amounts of homes worth over a million bucks?

Million Dollar Homes

The above map from breaks down the cities that have the biggest increases in million dollar homes over the last three years.

Here’s a closer look:

Rank City >$1mm homes (2017) >$1 mm homes (2014) Difference
#1 Denver, CO 9.4% 3.3% +6.1%
#2 Santa Rosa, CA 14.1% 8.1% +6.0%
#3 Boulder, CO 14.7% 9.0% +5.7%
#4 Truckee, CA 12.4% 7.1% +5.3%
#5 Fredericksburg, TX 13.6% 9.8% +3.8%
#6 Heber, UT 10.5% 6.8% +3.7%
#7 Boston, MA 9.9% 6.8% +3.1%
#8 Seattle, WA 7.7% 5.3% +2.4%
#9 Santa Fe, NM 11.7% 9.4% +2.3%
#10 Charleston, SC 7.0% 4.9% +2.1%

The most impressive representation on the list comes from Colorado, where Denver and Boulder are #1 and #3 respectively.

That said, these cities are anomalies within Colorado as a whole, which has just 2.9% of all homes worth $1 million or more.

Article by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist