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What Is The Average Mortgage Payment?

Katie Ziraldo4-minute read

May 22, 2021

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From down payments, to mortgage payments and homeowners insurance – there’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a home. Upfront costs are easy enough to calculate, but one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing or refinancing a house is whether you will realistically be able to afford your monthly mortgage payment.

Of course, the specific amount of your mortgage payment will depend on many things, including the size of your down payment and the size and duration of the loan. But examining the averages in these areas can help prospective home buyers examine their budget to avoid financial headaches down the road.

Understanding The Median And Average Mortgage Payment

When looking at standard mortgage payments, it’s important to understand the difference between the median and the average. Although both numbers can paint a picture of what you can expect – and sometimes are used interchangeably by novices – these terms are different and can therefore lead to very different results.

An average is the mean of a set of numbers and is calculated by taking the total of those numbers divided by the amount of numbers in the set. The median, on the other hand, is the central number in the range – meaning half the numbers are lower than the median and half are higher.

When looking at mortgages, medians tend to be more accurate, as averages can be easily impacted by extremely high or low rates. The U.S. Census Bureau reports median payments, which represent a broader range of homeowners across the country.

Average Monthly Mortgage Payment In The US

The median monthly mortgage payment in the U.S. is $1,100, based on the most recent American Housing Survey data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The average monthly mortgage payment is not as easy to calculate, as there is no official government source to pull from. However, by looking at data from the 2019 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, we can find a place to start.

According to this study, the national median home price is $257,000 and the median down payment is 10% of the purchase price. This brings the total loan size to $231,300, which would make the average mortgage payment $1,140 – 1,646 per month, depending on the length of the loan.

State-By-State Comparison

Another factor to strongly examine when looking at average and median mortgage payments is location, because both home prices and mortgage interest rates vary widely between states.

In the chart below, we will compare median monthly home payments as well as the average individual mortgage balance across all 50 states.

State

Median monthly payment

Average mortgage balance

Alabama

$1,147

$144,272

Alaska

$1,907

$227,960

Arizona

$1,394

$210,872

Arkansas

$1,071

$132,973

California

$2,282

$371,981

Colorado

$1,681

$273,718

Connecticut

$2,096

$224,336

Delaware

$1,563

$190,846

Florida

$1,466

$195,549

Georgia

$1,383

$180,378

Hawaii

$2,350

$348,637

Idaho

$1,228

$185,322

Illinois

$1,668

$177,055

Indiana

$1,130

$124,454

Iowa

$1,234

$135,111

Kansas

$1,349

$141,610

Kentucky

$1,158

$129,469

Louisiana

$1,267

$154,713

Maine

$1,381

$140,904

Maryland

$1,987

$253,598

Massachusetts

$2,165

$261,345

Michigan

$1,279

$135,845

Minnesota

$1,547

$180,766

Mississippi

$1,134

$123,062

Missouri

$1,254

$143,545

Montana

$1,386

$189,021

Nebraska

$1,352

$144,299

Nevada

$1,469

$239,477

New Hampshire

$1,917

$184,468

New Jersey

$2,439

$241,772

New Mexico

$1,262

$163,384

New York

$2,114

$240,795

North Carolina

$1,290

$165,636

North Dakota

$1,389

$167,883

Ohio

$1,269

$125,250

Oklahoma

$1,214

$138,752

Oregon

$1,647

$236,604

Pennsylvania

$1,474

$147,148

Rhode Island

$1,838

$189,946

South Carolina

$1,227

$165,649

South Dakota

$1,298

$158,728

Tennessee

$1,224

$165,260

Texas

$1,549

$186,696

Utah

$1,497

$230,545

Vermont

$1,594

$151,884

Virginia

$1,767

$245,054

Washington

$1,826

$278,851

West Virginia

$1,023

$112,912

Wisconsin

$1,418

$143,979

Wyoming

$1,428

$191,545

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Costs That Impact A Mortgage Payment

New homeowners may not realize each of the expenses that go into their mortgage payment. Monthly payments include:

  • Principal: The principal is the amount of money you borrow when you initially take out your mortgage. This can be calculated by subtracting your down payment from the home’s selling price.
  • Interest: This makes up the second major part of your monthly payment and serves as the money you pay your mortgage lender in exchange for giving you the loan. Interest rates are typically determined using an annual percentage rate (APR).
  • Property taxes: The taxes you pay on your property go to your local government to fund road repair, public schools, fire departments and more. New homeowners may be surprised to learn property taxes can be one of the most expensive parts of the mortgage payments.
  • Homeowners insurance: Although it’s not legally required to own a home, most mortgage lenders will not provide a loan without homeowner’s insurance. This covers damage from home fires, break-ins and more.
  • Homeowners association (HOA): If your home is in an HOA community, there are certain rules, regulations and fees that come with it. This is most common with townhouses, multiunit apartment buildings and condominiums. The fees you pay for belonging to an HOA may assist in trash pickup, landscaping, security and maintenance, and also provide access to the amenities on property.

Bottom Line: Medians And Averages Are Just A Guide

Information is power – and when you’re considering making a substantial purchase like a property, it’s important to take advantage of all the information available to determine if you’re financially ready to buy a house. But remember that these medians and averages are just a guide, and the specific details of your loan will depend on the home price, the size of your down payment and your interest rates.

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Katie Ziraldo

Katie Ziraldo is a writer focused on financial learning for current and future homeowners. She found her love of writing through her experience working with various newspapers, such as the Detroit Free Press. Her financial literacy stems from her four years as a Recruiter, when she learned the details of every role in the mortgage process. As a writer, she uses that knowledge to create relevant content for homeowners to help them reach their goals.