Birmingham AL

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Birmingham, AL 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 Q1 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Birmingham Housing Market Information

With a population of 209,880, 89,880 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $94,602, house prices in Birmingham are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Birmingham, accounting for 60.28% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Birmingham include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 30.80%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.84%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 1.41%).

People in Birmingham primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Birmingham has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Birmingham's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 43.46% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Birmingham include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 29.87%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 16.39%). There's also some housing in Birmingham built between 2000 and later ( 10.28%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Birmingham. Fully 21.05% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Birmingham homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Birmingham 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.

Birmingham Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Birmingham's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging 2.13% during the period.

Over the last year, Birmingham appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Birmingham's appreciation rate has been 4.13%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Birmingham were at 0.69%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 2.80%.

Notably, Birmingham's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

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

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Birmingham differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Birmingham - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Birmingham real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Birmingham, AL HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,187,000 0.6
$890,001 - $1,187,000 0.9
$594,001 - $890,000 1.7
$475,001 - $594,000 1.3
$356,001 - $475,000 3.6
$237,001 - $356,000 9.0
$119,001 - $237,000 25.3
$59,001 - $119,000 39.8
$0 - $59,000 17.8

Low for AL
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
88.3094890510949 77.0573566084788

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Birmingham Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q1
60.72% 2.37%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,224 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 43.86
Renters 56.14
Vacant 21.05

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Birmingham HOMES
2000 or Newer 10.3
1970 - 1999 29.9
1940 - 1969 43.5
1939 or Older 16.4

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Birmingham HOMES
Single-Family 60.3
Townhomes 1.4
Small Apt. Buildings 6.8
Apt. Complexes 30.8
Mobile Homes 0.6
Other 0.1

Home Size

SIZE OF Birmingham HOMES
No Bedroom 3.06
1 Bedroom 12.39
2 Bedrooms 34.98
3 Bedrooms 39.53
4 Bedrooms 8.31
5 or more bedrooms 1.73