Mar 05, 2024

Question of the Day: What's the average price of a house in the US?

Housing costs can be a big portion of a budget. How does your community compare to the national average?

Answer: $511,100

Average sales price of new homes sold in the United States from 1965 to 2023

A bar graph showing the average price of homes from 1965 to 2023


  • How has the cost of housing trended over the last 60 years? Why do you think that is?
  • How might the steady rise in home prices affect affordability for first-time homebuyers?
  • Is real estate a solid long-term investment? Why or why not?


Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom


Behind the numbers (Statista): 

"After a dramatic increase in 2022, the average sales price of a new home in the United States dropped slightly in 2023 from 540,000 to 511,100 U.S. dollars. The average sales price of a new home exceeded 400,000 U.S. dollars for the first time in 2021. 

One of the major factors behind the dramatic increase in house prices was the low cost of borrowing. In 2020 and 2021, mortgage rates reached a historic low: Homebuyers could take out a loan with a 15-year mortgage rate of less than 2.5 percent. Demand rose and in 2021, the number of housing transactions peaked at almost seven million."



Teach your students more about home-buying through the NGPF Mini-Unit: Buying a House!

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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