Arcata, CA


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Arcata, CA 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 Q1 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

Arcata Housing Market Information

With a population of 17,843, 6,907 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $409,840, real estate costs in Arcata are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Arcata, accounting for 45.16% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Arcata include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 26.65%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 15.54%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 8.02%).

Arcata is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 70.54% of Arcata's dwellings are rentals.

There is a lot of housing in Arcata 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 Arcata built between 1940-1969 ( 32.55%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from before 1939 ( 11.91%). There's also some housing in Arcata built between 2000 and later ( 6.30%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Arcata. Fully 10.26% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Arcata homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Arcata 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.

Arcata Home Appreciation Rates

Arcata's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Arcata during the period has been just -0.83%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Arcata's appreciation rate, at 4.73%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Arcata's appreciation rate has been 1.82%, which annualizes to a rate of 7.47%.

Importantly, this makes Arcata one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Arcata's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Arcata differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Arcata - 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 Arcata real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,174,000 0.2
$881,001 - $1,174,000 0.8
$587,001 - $881,000 13.3
$469,001 - $587,000 15.2
$352,001 - $469,000 28.0
$235,001 - $352,000 25.4
$118,001 - $235,000 3.6
$59,001 - $118,000 4.5
$0 - $59,000 9.0

Average for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
8.99449197234267 52.6455026455027

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Arcata Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
96.89% 4.01% 7 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,098 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 29.46
Renters 70.54
Vacant 10.26

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 6.3
1970 - 1999 49.2
1940 - 1969 32.5
1939 or Older 11.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 45.2
Townhomes 4.5
Small Apt. Buildings 15.5
Apt. Complexes 26.6
Mobile Homes 8.0
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.50
1 Bedroom 23.83
2 Bedrooms 32.48
3 Bedrooms 28.83
4 Bedrooms 8.96
5 or more bedrooms 1.40

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