Fairfield, AL


Highest Appreciating Fairfield Neighborhoods Since 2000

Fairfield, 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

Fairfield Housing Market Information

With a population of 10,907, 4,198 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $93,279, house prices in Fairfield are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Fairfield, accounting for 76.97% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fairfield include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 13.32%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.94%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Fairfield are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 56.77% owning and 43.23% renting.

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. Fairfield's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 41.91% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Fairfield include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 38.49%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 14.74%). There's also some housing in Fairfield built between 2000 and later ( 4.87%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Fairfield. Fully 18.28% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Fairfield homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Fairfield 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.

Fairfield Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Fairfield have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 4.90%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Fairfield house appreciation rate of 0.48%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Fairfield that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Fairfield real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Fairfield appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.54%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 72.53% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Fairfield. Fairfield appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.16%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.72%.

Relative to Alabama, our data show that Fairfield's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% of the other cities and towns in Alabama.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,179,000 0.0
$884,001 - $1,179,000 0.0
$590,001 - $884,000 0.0
$472,001 - $590,000 0.6
$354,001 - $472,000 0.7
$236,001 - $354,000 3.7
$118,001 - $236,000 36.0
$59,001 - $118,000 37.1
$0 - $59,000 21.8

Low for AL
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
83.6231629486504 62.75

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fairfield 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
28.19% 1.41% 4 2
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$993 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 56.77
Renters 43.23
Vacant 18.28

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fairfield HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.9
1970 - 1999 38.5
1940 - 1969 41.9
1939 or Older 14.7

Types of Homes

Single-Family 77.0
Townhomes 0.8
Small Apt. Buildings 8.9
Apt. Complexes 13.3
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.18
1 Bedroom 8.43
2 Bedrooms 30.45
3 Bedrooms 50.01
4 Bedrooms 9.60
5 or more bedrooms 1.34