Mobile, AL


Highest Appreciating Mobile Neighborhoods Since 2000

Mobile, 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

Mobile Housing Market Information

With 194,288 people, 76,170 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $129,459, house prices in Mobile are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Mobile, accounting for 68.31% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Mobile include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 21.12%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.75%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 1.42%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Mobile are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 54.26% owning and 45.74% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Mobile 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 Mobile built between 1940-1969 ( 39.71%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 8.44%). There's also some housing in Mobile built before 1939 ( 6.81%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Mobile. Fully 16.18% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Mobile homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Mobile 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.

Mobile Home Appreciation Rates

Mobile's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Mobile during the period has been just -1.02%, which is lower than 80% of US communities.

Over the last year, Mobile appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Mobile's appreciation rate has been 3.97%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Mobile were at 1.46%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.98%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,087,000 0.6
$815,001 - $1,087,000 1.0
$544,001 - $815,000 1.9
$435,001 - $544,000 2.1
$326,001 - $435,000 4.7
$217,001 - $326,000 11.5
$109,001 - $217,000 34.7
$54,001 - $109,000 31.9
$0 - $54,000 11.5

High for AL
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
62.5914866209965 30.75

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Mobile 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
30.48% 1.51% 5 3
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,186 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 54.26
Renters 45.74
Vacant 16.18

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 8.4
1970 - 1999 45.0
1940 - 1969 39.7
1939 or Older 6.8

Types of Homes

Single-Family 68.3
Townhomes 1.4
Small Apt. Buildings 7.7
Apt. Complexes 21.1
Mobile Homes 1.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.87
1 Bedroom 11.01
2 Bedrooms 27.78
3 Bedrooms 42.79
4 Bedrooms 14.20
5 or more bedrooms 2.34