Carson, CA


Highest Appreciating Carson Neighborhoods Since 2000

Carson, 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

Carson Housing Market Information

With a population of 93,281, 25,223 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $450,760, real estate costs in Carson 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 Carson, accounting for 72.55% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Carson include mobile homes or trailers ( 8.85%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 8.84%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.21%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Carson. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 75.07% of Carson's homes, and 67.93% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

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. Carson's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 63.21% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Carson include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 27.33%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 6.72%). There's also some housing in Carson built before 1939 ( 2.74%).

Carson Home Appreciation Rates

Carson's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Carson during the period has been just -1.11%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Carson that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Carson real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Carson appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.52%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 92.40% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Carson. Carson appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Carson 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 Carson's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% 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 Carson differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Carson - 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 Carson real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,350,000 0.6
$1,012,001 - $1,350,000 0.4
$675,001 - $1,012,000 9.5
$540,001 - $675,000 22.1
$405,001 - $540,000 30.7
$270,001 - $405,000 17.8
$135,001 - $270,000 8.9
$67,001 - $135,000 4.5
$0 - $67,000 5.4

Average for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
7.36552209070667 46.1640211640212

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Carson 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
128.05% 4.90% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,877 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 75.07
Renters 24.93
Vacant 3.38

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 6.7
1970 - 1999 27.3
1940 - 1969 63.2
1939 or Older 2.7

Types of Homes

Single-Family 72.5
Townhomes 7.2
Small Apt. Buildings 2.6
Apt. Complexes 8.8
Mobile Homes 8.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.31
1 Bedroom 4.67
2 Bedrooms 21.38
3 Bedrooms 42.63
4 Bedrooms 25.30
5 or more bedrooms 4.71