Owning your own home has always been a big part of achieving the 'American Dream'.

Some people take that experience to a whole new level by building their new place from scratch. That scenario comes with its fair share of pros and cons.

One of the biggest negatives of building is the cost.

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But just how much will creating your own abode set you back in the Tri-State area (South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota)?

Today's Homeowner has broken down the costs associated with building in each state and they found that South Dakota is one of the most affordable places in America.

Building a home in the Mount Rushmore State costs, on average, $301,739, which is more than $30,000 less than the national average ($332,397), and $144 per square foot, which is $14 cheaper than the average ($158).


  • Mississippi: $137
  • Arkansas: $137
  • Alabama: $139
  • Louisiana: $141
  • North Carolina: $141
  • Florida: $142
  • Oklahoma: $143
  • South Carolina: $143
  • South Dakota: $144
  • Tennessee: $144

Iowa is among the 20 cheapest states to build a home. The Hawkeye State is 20th overall with an average total price of $324,620, which is about $8,000 below the national average, and $155 per square foot, which is three dollars less than the national average.

New home construction in Minnesota is among the highest in America.

The North Star State is 11th overall with an average price of $352,943, which is about $20,000 higher than the national average, and $168 per square foot, which is $10 more than the norm.


  • Hawaii: $205
  • Massachusetts: $192
  • New Jersey: $184
  • Illinois: $181
  • Rhode Island: $177
  • New York: $177
  • Connecticut: $175
  • California: $173
  • Washington: $173
  • New Hampshire: $172
  • Minnesota: $168

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