Decoding the Zip: America's Cheapest vs. Most Expensive Homes
As of January 2012, the U.S. was home to 41,861 ZIP codes. These ZIP boast a wild variance in median home values, with the top and bottom illustrating a disparity of epic proportions. The median home value in the most expensive ZIP codeâ€”in Alpine, NJ, is more than 712 times that of the median home value in Detroit, MIâ€”the cheapest ZIP code in the U.S. We dug a little deeper into each area to compare the average household size, which homes are occupied by renters vs. owners, and the percentage of homes that are vacant vs. occupied.