Downey CA

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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 Q1 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (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 112,269, 33,187 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $612,130, 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 59.05% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Downey include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 30.93%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.77%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.31%).

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 68.67% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Downey include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 24.56%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 3.64%). There's also some housing in Downey built between 2000 and later ( 3.13%).

Downey Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Downey has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Downey real estate appreciated 60.92% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.87%, putting Downey in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Downey definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Downey appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Downey's appreciation rate has been 3.69%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Downey were at 1.00%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.08%.

Relative to California, our data show that Downey's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% 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
> $1,202,000 3.4
$901,001 - $1,202,000 6.2
$600,001 - $901,000 43.0
$481,001 - $600,000 23.8
$360,001 - $481,000 15.3
$240,001 - $360,000 5.4
$120,001 - $240,000 0.9
$60,001 - $120,000 0.6
$0 - $60,000 1.3

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.81751824817518 34.3381389252949

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Downey Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q1
159.46% 4.82%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,078 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.33
Renters 49.67
Vacant 3.73

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 3.1
1970 - 1999 24.6
1940 - 1969 68.7
1939 or Older 3.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 59.0
Townhomes 4.3
Small Apt. Buildings 4.8
Apt. Complexes 30.9
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.06
1 Bedroom 16.57
2 Bedrooms 28.99
3 Bedrooms 37.17
4 Bedrooms 10.56
5 or more bedrooms 2.64