Decatur, AL


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Decatur, 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 Q3 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

Decatur Housing Market Information

With 55,345 people, 22,294 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $131,134, house prices in Decatur are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Decatur, accounting for 67.29% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Decatur include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 17.86%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.71%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.17%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Decatur are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 59.85% owning and 40.15% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Decatur 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 Decatur built between 1940-1969 ( 31.58%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 9.62%). There's also some housing in Decatur built before 1939 ( 4.94%).

Decatur Home Appreciation Rates

Decatur's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Decatur during the period has been just -0.37%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Over the last year, Decatur appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Decatur's appreciation rate has been 2.92%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Decatur were at -3.01%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -11.50%.

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

Relative to Alabama, our data show that Decatur's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% 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 Decatur differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Decatur - 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 Decatur real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,034,000 0.2
$775,001 - $1,034,000 0.1
$517,001 - $775,000 0.7
$413,001 - $517,000 1.2
$310,001 - $413,000 3.6
$207,001 - $310,000 12.7
$103,001 - $207,000 35.7
$52,001 - $103,000 34.9
$0 - $52,000 11.0

High for AL
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
61.5902570408104 29.5

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Decatur Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q2 - 2017 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q3
16.69% 0.87% 2 1
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$756 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 59.85
Renters 40.15
Vacant 9.85

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 9.6
1970 - 1999 53.9
1940 - 1969 31.6
1939 or Older 4.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 67.3
Townhomes 5.2
Small Apt. Buildings 8.7
Apt. Complexes 17.9
Mobile Homes 1.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.27
1 Bedroom 9.47
2 Bedrooms 28.32
3 Bedrooms 43.95
4 Bedrooms 14.82
5 or more bedrooms 2.18