Huntsville, AL

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Huntsville, 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 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Huntsville Housing Market Information

With a population of 194,585, 80,000 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $176,544, Huntsville real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Huntsville home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Huntsville, accounting for 65.41% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Huntsville include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 23.64%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.52%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 1.98%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Huntsville are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 56.39% owning and 43.61% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Huntsville 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 Huntsville built between 1940-1969 ( 34.45%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 21.68%). There's also some housing in Huntsville built before 1939 ( 3.10%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Huntsville. Fully 11.10% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Huntsville homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Huntsville 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.

Huntsville Home Appreciation Rates

Huntsville's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Huntsville during the period has been just 0.16%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Huntsville's appreciation rate, at 5.97%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Huntsville's appreciation rate has been 1.32%, which annualizes to a rate of 5.38%.

Relative to Alabama, our data show that Huntsville'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 Huntsville differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Huntsville - 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 Huntsville real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Huntsville, AL HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,108,000 1.4
$831,001 - $1,108,000 0.9
$554,001 - $831,000 2.5
$443,001 - $554,000 2.7
$332,001 - $443,000 7.4
$222,001 - $332,000 16.7
$111,001 - $222,000 32.9
$55,001 - $111,000 26.9
$0 - $55,000 8.7

Very High for AL
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
44.9284671532847 12.4688279301746

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Huntsville Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
35.02% 1.61%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$994 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 56.39
Renters 43.61
Vacant 11.10

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Huntsville HOMES
2000 or Newer 21.7
1970 - 1999 40.8
1940 - 1969 34.5
1939 or Older 3.1

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Huntsville HOMES
Single-Family 65.4
Townhomes 2.0
Small Apt. Buildings 7.5
Apt. Complexes 23.6
Mobile Homes 1.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Huntsville HOMES
No Bedroom 1.96
1 Bedroom 11.76
2 Bedrooms 22.50
3 Bedrooms 39.40
4 Bedrooms 20.12
5 or more bedrooms 4.26