Santa Clara CA

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Santa Clara, 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 Q3 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 about Scout's Real Estate Data

Santa Clara Housing Market Information

With 130,365 people, 44,079 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,099,965, Santa Clara house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Santa Clara real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Santa Clara, accounting for 40.77% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Santa Clara include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 40.09%), row houses and other attached homes ( 9.92%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.13%).

People in Santa Clara primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Santa Clara 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. Santa Clara's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 46.07% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Santa Clara include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 35.14%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 15.25%). There's also some housing in Santa Clara built before 1939 ( 3.54%).

Santa Clara Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Santa Clara has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Santa Clara real estate appreciated 92.84% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 6.79%, putting Santa Clara in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Santa Clara 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, Santa Clara appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Santa Clara's appreciation rate has been -2.91%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Santa Clara were at 0.42%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 1.69%.

Notably, Santa Clara's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to California, our data show that Santa Clara's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% 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 Santa Clara differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Santa Clara - 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 Santa Clara real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,133,000 39.6
$850,001 - $1,133,000 30.7
$567,001 - $850,000 21.0
$453,001 - $567,000 4.1
$340,001 - $453,000 2.6
$227,001 - $340,000 0.3
$113,001 - $227,000 0.7
$57,001 - $113,000 0.4
$0 - $57,000 0.5

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
1.03941605839416 10.0917431192661

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Santa Clara Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
135.00% 4.20%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$3,668 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 41.24
Renters 58.76
Vacant 5.18

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Santa Clara HOMES
2000 or Newer 15.2
1970 - 1999 35.1
1940 - 1969 46.1
1939 or Older 3.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 40.8
Townhomes 9.9
Small Apt. Buildings 9.1
Apt. Complexes 40.1
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.23
1 Bedroom 21.37
2 Bedrooms 29.28
3 Bedrooms 31.33
4 Bedrooms 11.59
5 or more bedrooms 2.20