Metros Ranked By How Much Car Each Can Afford: Where Does Your City Rank?

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In only one metro area in the United States can a median income household afford to buy the average new-priced car, according to a study just released by

A median income household in Washington, D.C., can afford to pay $32,086 for a new vehicle--the average U.S. price for a new car or light truck in 2013. That makes Washington unique. Median households in every other major U.S. metro cannot afford to pay that same price.

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A median Washington, D.C., household, by contrast, can afford to pay $32,531--which might buy a nice new BMW 3 Series.

We've presented, below, the top 10 cities, ranked according to median household income and by what sort of car each household can afford to buy. Click here to see additional metro areas ranked.

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Washington, D.C.

BMW 3 Series, $32,531

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San Francisco

Ford Fusion SE Hybrid, $28,009

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Chevrolet Impala LS, $26,669

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Honda CRV LX AWD, $24,846

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Buick Verano, $24,591

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Subaru Outback, $23,600

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Portland, Ore.

Toyota Prius C, $22,905

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Jeep Cherokee Sport, $22,775

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San Diego

Mazda CX-5, $22,175

New York

Fiat 500L Easy, $21,907

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