Downey, CA


Highest Appreciating Downey Neighborhoods Since 2000

Downey, 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 Q2 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

Downey Housing Market Information

With a population of 114,219, 32,738 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $558,511, real estate costs in Downey 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 Downey, accounting for 59.44% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Downey include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 32.42%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 3.82%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.59%).

People in Downey primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Downey has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

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. Downey's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 68.52% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Downey include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 24.83%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 3.88%). There's also some housing in Downey built between 2000 and later ( 2.77%).

Downey Home Appreciation Rates

Downey's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Downey during the period has been just -0.75%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Downey that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Downey real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Downey appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.14%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 88.78% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Downey. Downey appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.85%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.61%.

Relative to California, our data show that Downey's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% 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 Downey differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Downey - 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 Downey real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,335,000 2.4
$1,002,001 - $1,335,000 4.0
$668,001 - $1,002,000 22.2
$534,001 - $668,000 25.8
$401,001 - $534,000 28.7
$267,001 - $401,000 9.5
$134,001 - $267,000 4.1
$67,001 - $134,000 1.3
$0 - $67,000 2.0

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.84220387610516 33.994708994709

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Downey Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q1 - 2017 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q2
130.81% 4.90% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,761 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.42
Renters 49.58
Vacant 4.09

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.8
1970 - 1999 24.8
1940 - 1969 68.5
1939 or Older 3.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 59.4
Townhomes 3.6
Small Apt. Buildings 3.8
Apt. Complexes 32.4
Mobile Homes 0.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.75
1 Bedroom 16.45
2 Bedrooms 30.97
3 Bedrooms 35.26
4 Bedrooms 11.12
5 or more bedrooms 3.44