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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With 212,157 people, 90,479 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $87,572, 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 59.98% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Birmingham include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 30.56%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.99%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 1.65%).
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 43.72% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Birmingham include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 30.73%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 16.39%). There's also some housing in Birmingham built between 2000 and later ( 9.17%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Birmingham. Fully 19.95% 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.
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 0.11% during the period.
Appreciation rates are so strong in Birmingham that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Birmingham real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Birmingham appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.64%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 70.33% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Birmingham. Birmingham appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 0.16%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 0.64%.
Relative to Alabama, our data show that Birmingham's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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.
|$849,001 - $1,132,000||0.6|
|$566,001 - $849,000||1.4|
|$453,001 - $566,000||1.2|
|$340,001 - $453,000||3.5|
|$226,001 - $340,000||7.8|
|$113,001 - $226,000||26.7|
|$57,001 - $113,000||41.4|
|$0 - $57,000||17.0|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2017 Q3 - 2017 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q4 - 2017 Q4
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q4
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Birmingham HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||9.2|
|1970 - 1999||30.7|
|1940 - 1969||43.7|
|1939 or Older||16.4|
|TYPE OF Birmingham HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||7.0|
|SIZE OF Birmingham HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||1.67|