This one surprised me. That's a fortune in that part of the country, which tells me someone up there is making money, probably the doctors and probate lawyers. It also tells me the economy is starting to get seriously out of whack and we need a change in monetary policy. If I see it, others will see it as well.
It's out in the boonies between Akron and Cleveland.
You can buy a nice house there in the high twos. A friend of mine bought a fixer there for forty grand in the mid eighties (built in 1929, all brick not just the front) and rebuilt it from the inside out. It's now worth ~$300K...and his ex-wife ended up with it.
The Rust Belt is great...if you can find a good job ;-)
Where I live now (Corning-Elmira, NY) you can get a decent place for just over 100k. NY income taxes are high, but it's better than shelling out thousands per month in mortgage interest.
RE here is the complete opposite of CA. Rents have been driven up by the natural gas boom just south of the border in Pennsylvana. My one bedroom apt. is $750. Cheap by Bay Area standards, but expensive for here. For a mortgage payment of $750/month I could actually buy a decent house with a 20 year mortgage.
The main reason I don't is relative lack of job security. There are only a few major employers here, and if one of them (including mine) were to have a big round of layoffs, I might not be able to sell w/o taking a major loss. Heck the RE market here probably tracks Corning Inc's (ticker GLW) stock price closely.