The Cost of 2,000 Square Feet in America’s Cheapest Cities

While real estate prices soar in some markets around the country, there are still a number of cities where you can find a real steal. Click through to see what a typical (or, in some cases, not-so-typical) 2,000-square-foot home will run you in America's most affordable cities, from Baton Rouge to Des Moines.

  1. Des Moines, Iowa

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    Des Moines, Iowa

    Des Moines has long been a hidden gem in the Midwest, and budget-savvy property buyers who migrate to the capital city in search of great deals are spoiled for choice. In the case of this brick-and-stone beauty in the Beaverdale neighborhood, $215,852 will get you 2,007 square feet of living space and a house steeped in 71 years of history.


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  2. Omaha, Nebraska

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    Omaha, Nebraska

    From the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to The Durham Museum, there's plenty of history and culture in Omaha. The main attraction for home buyers, though, is the affordable real estate in Nebraska's largest city. This 2,003-square-foot property with a dramatic stone fireplace and porcelain tile floors throughout much of the home sits in the city's exclusive District 66 and will cost you a mere $230,537.


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  3. Indianapolis, Indiana

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    Indianapolis, Indiana

    If you're contemplating a move to the "Crossroads of America"—Indiana's motto, thanks to the vast network of interstate highways that pass through—one factor might persuade you to head straight toward Indianapolis: affordable housing. As a case in point, this 2,003-square-foot home near the Geist Reservoir is valued at $197,368, which translates into a lot of living space for a relatively small sum.


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  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    At just $160,100 for 2,007 square feet, this four-bedroom residence in Grand Rapids is just begging for a buyer. If the spacious deck and sprawling floor plan don't tempt you to snag the keys to the home, the granite countertops and walkout basement might seal the deal.


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  5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    If you buy a home in the college town of Fayetteville, you'll be just a short hop away from the many spirited baseball, football, and basketball games played at the University of Arkansas and attended by thousands each year. Embracing your inner sports buff won't cost you an arm and a leg, either; this four-bedroom home close to the university boasts 2,007 square feet of living space, wood floors, and custom cabinetry—all for just $221,397.


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  6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Pierogies and towering sandwiches aren't the only great deals in the Steel City. Owning a home costs roughly $70,000 less in Pittsburgh than it does nationally. This tricked-out 2,000-square-foot redbrick residence features a basement game room and a fully wired porch, but rings up at a relatively modest $304,085.


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  7. Buffalo, New York

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    Buffalo, New York

    Though it once boasted the most millionaires per capita of any American city, Buffalo's residents today typically subsist on more modest means. Yet given the reasonable price of real estate, they're in the enviable position of devoting, on average, no more than a quarter of their annual household income toward utilities and housing. Scoop up this property for $263,147, and you'll nab 1,992 square feet of living space on a 6,098-square-foot lot with a charming fenced-in yard.


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  8. Syracuse, New York

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    Syracuse, New York

    While Big Apple housing prices soar as high as the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the home of Syracuse University offers an affordable upstate alternative. This single-family house, located on a cul-de-sac on a private double lot, offers 2,000 square feet and a view of a scenic koi pond for just $214,996.


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  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The real estate market is hot in this cool city beloved for its lakes and pedestrian-friendly downtown area. Built in 1925, this 2,001-square-foot property in the coveted Fuller Tangletown neighborhood has seen a 5.6 percent increase in value over the last 12 months alone, bringing its estimated value to $473,888.


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  10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Residents of this French-influenced capital city known locally as the "Red Stick" certainly don't get the short end of the stick when it comes to real estate prices. This 2,006-square-foot dwelling, outfitted with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a lush backyard, rings up at a humble $203,295.


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