The folks at PropertyShark recently consulted 2016 US Census data on median home size and median home sale price in a bunch of cities to determine just how big of a home $200,000 can get you, on average, in terms of square footage. And, spoiler alert: in the priciest cities like New York and San Francisco, it doesn't get you much! Specifically, for $200K in Manhattan, you can afford a tiny 126-square foot home (to put that in perspective, a typical double mattress alone is 27 square feet). In SF, you'd be able to claim a far-from-spacious 260 square foot abode, and in Boston, you're looking at one that's a mere 371 square feet.
But, hey, if you're willing to relocate to a slightly less popular metro area, things look very different. For example, in Cleveland, that amount of money will get you a 3,769 square foot house, which is actually quite huge (many standalone homes that size there have at least four bedrooms, and roughly that many bathrooms). In El Paso, it'll get you a 3,334 square foot pad, and in San Antonio, it'll get you 3,249 square feet of domicile space. So, to put that in perspective, $200K in Cleveland gets you a living space that's nearly 30 times bigger than what you'd be able to afford in Manhattan. If that seems insane to you, that's because it is.