$300,000 buys you: 3,478 square feet
Median price per square foot: $86
There's no better place in the country to buy a home for $300,000 than Indiana. The Hoosier State ranks No. 1 most affordable place to buy a home for $300,000.
Snap up a five-bedroom house on a wooded hill gazing out at the dunes in Ogden Dunes. You'll feel far off while still being convenient to Chicago. Or invest your money in the fastest-growing area in the state. Ten of the fastest-growing communities are in the Indianapolis metro area, according to Indiana University. You can even pick up a custom-built home trimmed out inside with Brazilian cherry wood and white granite accents.
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Methodology: GOBankingRates researched the median property listing price in every state and the District of Columbia on Zillow, and then divided 300,000 by each number to determine the size of house a budget of $300,000 can buy. State level data was not available for North Dakota; therefore, GOBankingRates found the median list price per square foot from a sample of six cities (Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Waterford, West Fargo and Willison), and then found the median of those six. GOBankingRates divided 300,000 by this number.
Photo Disclaimer: The photos included with this article are of properties similar to ones being described that were on the market in their respective states or geographic areas in April 2017.