Fullerton, CA


Fullerton, 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 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Fullerton Housing Market Information

With a population of 140,721, 45,059 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $571,829, real estate costs in Fullerton 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 Fullerton, accounting for 51.28% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fullerton include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 29.51%), row houses and other attached homes ( 9.28%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.95%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Fullerton are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 50.42% owning and 49.58% renting.

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. Fullerton's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 47.51% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Fullerton include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 37.83%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 9.06%). There's also some housing in Fullerton built before 1939 ( 5.61%).

Fullerton Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Fullerton have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 17.47%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Fullerton house appreciation rate of 1.62%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Fullerton's appreciation rate, at 6.54%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Fullerton's appreciation rate has been 2.56%, which annualizes to a rate of 10.65%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,285,116 5.1
$963,660 - $1,285,116 11.9
$642,329 - $963,659 29.2
$513,605 - $642,328 19.3
$385,322 - $513,604 19.6
$257,035 - $385,321 8.4
$128,566 - $257,034 2.4
$64,340 - $128,565 1.6
$0 - $64,339 2.5

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.94014598540146 35.1245085190039

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fullerton Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q1
139.89% 4.91%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,938 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.42
Renters 49.58
Vacant 5.00

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fullerton HOMES
2000 or Newer 9.1
1970 - 1999 37.8
1940 - 1969 47.5
1939 or Older 5.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 51.3
Townhomes 9.3
Small Apt. Buildings 8.0
Apt. Complexes 29.5
Mobile Homes 1.9
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.44
1 Bedroom 17.79
2 Bedrooms 24.23
3 Bedrooms 30.29
4 Bedrooms 18.81
5 or more bedrooms 4.43