More than $200,000 salary needed to buy median-priced house in San Jose

- A household needs a salary of about $216,000 to buy a "median priced house" in San Jose – the highest in the nation – according to the mortgage website, HSH.

Next in line is San Francisco, where a salary of $171,000 is needed. Rounding out the top five most expensive cities are San Diego with $116,000 and Los Angeles with $115,000.

For context, the national average salary needed to buy a home is $55,000.

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