A monthly mortgage payment includes the mortgage and interest on the loan, as well as escrow items such as homeowners insurance and property taxes, and any HOA fees.
Average monthly mortgage payment and monthly housing cost statistics
- The average monthly mortgage payment is $1,487, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.
- The median monthly mortgage payment is $1,200, according to the 2019 Census housing data.
- California has the highest median monthly mortgage payment, at $2,421 according to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
- West Virginia has the lowest median monthly payment, at $1,052, according to the 2019 Census community data.
- The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest average mortgage payment among the top 15 metro areas, at $2,812, according to the 2019 Census housing data.
- The Detroit metropolitan area has the lowest average mortgage payment among the top 15 metro areas, at $1,163, according to the 2019 Census housing data.
- The average monthly housing cost is $1,437, according to the 2019 Census housing data.
- The median monthly housing cost is $1,106, according to the 2019 Census housing data.
You might be wondering why there can be a stark difference between average and median monthly mortgage payments. These two figures are calculated in different ways. The average is the sum of a set of numbers divided by the amount of numbers in the set, while the median is the midpoint in the set. Since an average can easily be skewed by an unusually high or low number, the median tends to provide a more accurate picture of the housing market for a given region.
Average monthly mortgage payment by region
|Region||Average monthly mortgage payment|
|New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)||$1,735|
|Middle Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)||$1,657|
|East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)||$1,207|
|West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)||$1,209|
|South Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)||$1,396|
|East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee)||$1,171|
|West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)||$1,335|
|Mountain (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)||$1,516|
|Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)||$2,060|
Median monthly mortgage payment and home prices by year
Home prices have increased significantly in recent years, but the rise has had an uneven impact on monthly mortgage payments thanks to the low-rate environment.
|Year||Median monthly mortgage payment||Median home sale price*|
What’s included in a mortgage payment
The typical mortgage payment is comprised of the principal, interest, taxes and insurance, also known as PITI.
- Principal: How much you borrow for your mortgage, which is the difference between your down payment (if any) and the home’s purchase price
- Interest: How much you pay to borrow the mortgage
- Taxes: The property taxes paid to your local jurisdiction, determined by the assessed value of your home
- Insurance: The homeowners insurance paid to protect the home, as well as any private mortgage insurance (PMI)
Bankrate’s mortgage payment and PITI calculator can help you estimate your monthly mortgage payment.
The monthly cost of a mortgage goes well beyond repayment of the principal. The interest on the loan, property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance are also included, and can vary depending on where you live. It’s important to take these factors into account when determining how much house you can afford.