Whittier, CA


Highest Appreciating Whittier Neighborhoods Since 2000

Whittier, CA Real Estate Data

Whittier Housing Market Information

With a population of 87,438, 27,525 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $516,185, real estate costs in Whittier 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 Whittier, accounting for 64.19% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Whittier include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 22.74%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.86%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.35%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Whittier are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 55.78% owning and 44.22% 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. Whittier's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 68.85% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Whittier include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 16.82%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 12.29%). There's also some housing in Whittier built between 2000 and later ( 2.04%).

Whittier Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Whittier's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.78% during the period.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Whittier that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Whittier real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Whittier appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.99%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.99% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Whittier. Whittier appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.00%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.25%.

Importantly, this makes Whittier 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 Whittier'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 Whittier differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Whittier - 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 Whittier real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,273,000 1.9
$954,001 - $1,273,000 7.3
$637,001 - $954,000 23.0
$509,001 - $637,000 23.5
$382,001 - $509,000 27.0
$254,001 - $382,000 10.8
$127,001 - $254,000 2.1
$64,001 - $127,000 0.6
$0 - $64,000 2.4

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
5.32637993671628 36.1111111111111

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,672 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 55.78
Renters 44.22
Vacant 4.77

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.0
1970 - 1999 16.8
1940 - 1969 68.8
1939 or Older 12.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 64.2
Townhomes 4.3
Small Apt. Buildings 7.9
Apt. Complexes 22.7
Mobile Homes 0.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 5.57
1 Bedroom 14.67
2 Bedrooms 25.35
3 Bedrooms 38.88
4 Bedrooms 12.81
5 or more bedrooms 2.72

Whittier Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q3 - 2016 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q4
123.24% 4.77% 9 10
* 10 is highest