Kenai, AK


Highest Appreciating Kenai Neighborhoods Since 2000

Kenai, AK Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Kenai Housing Market Information

With a population of 7,661, 3,041 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $220,247, Kenai real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Kenai, accounting for 65.17% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Kenai include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 16.07%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 14.72%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.35%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Kenai are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 57.52% owning and 42.48% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Kenai built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Kenai built between 1940-1969 ( 25.10%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 7.18%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Kenai. Fully 10.85% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Kenai homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Kenai real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Kenai Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Kenai has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Kenai real estate appreciated 18.91% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 1.75%, putting Kenai in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Kenai definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Kenai appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Kenai's appreciation rate has been 0.94%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Kenai were at 1.94%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.00%.

Relative to Alaska, our data show that Kenai's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% of the other cities and towns in Alaska.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,100,000 0.0
$825,001 - $1,100,000 0.0
$550,001 - $825,000 5.1
$440,001 - $550,000 3.2
$330,001 - $440,000 11.0
$220,001 - $330,000 30.2
$110,001 - $220,000 46.4
$55,001 - $110,000 3.4
$0 - $55,000 0.6

High for AK
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
28.7955969319047 37.0967741935484

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Kenai Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q1 - 2017 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q2
70.21% 3.09% 5 8
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,295 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 57.52
Renters 42.48
Vacant 10.85

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 7.2
1970 - 1999 67.7
1940 - 1969 25.1
1939 or Older 0.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 65.2
Townhomes 2.3
Small Apt. Buildings 14.7
Apt. Complexes 16.1
Mobile Homes 1.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.96
1 Bedroom 12.20
2 Bedrooms 28.79
3 Bedrooms 40.99
4 Bedrooms 11.87
5 or more bedrooms 4.19

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