Hawaii is by far the priciest state for houses in the U.S., while Mississippi is the least expensive state in which to buy a home.

According to data released by LendingTree.com Thursday, the average size of a home loan in Hawaii in 2011 was $677,299, or more than three times the national average. Washington, D.C., is the second-priciest market, with an average loan amount of $393,453, followed by New Jersey at just over $344,000 and New York at about $340,000.

LendingTree's data detailed loan amounts on home purchases for all 50 states and the District of Columbia between Jan. 1 and Dec. 28. Outside of Hawaii, the highest average loans are in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, while the lowest averages are in the South and Midwest.

In 36 states, the average loan amount is below the national average of $222,261. Mississippi's average is the lowest, at $137,182, followed by Nebraska, at $137, 515, and Delaware, at $140,398.

California, the nation's largest state, has the ninth-largest average loan amount at $310,676.

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