Wilmington DE

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Wilmington, DE 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

Wilmington Housing Market Information

With 70,166 people, 28,526 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $166,542, Wilmington real estate values are some of the lowest in Delaware, although compared to real estate around the nation, Wilmington homes are still considered rather expensive.

Row houses and other attached homes are the single most common housing type in Wilmington, accounting for 53.42% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Wilmington include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.25%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 11.61%), and a few single-family detached homes ( 10.48%). This particular housing mix is relatively uncommon and characteristic of cities that are compact and walkable, and which often have a lively downtown.

The most prevalent building size and type in Wilmington are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in row houses and other attached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 42.65% owning and 57.35% renting.

The housing in Wilmington was primarily built before 1939 ( 41.18%), making the housing stock in Wilmington some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Wilmington. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 34.42%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 16.54%). There's also some housing in Wilmington built between 2000 and later ( 7.86%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Wilmington. Fully 16.48% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Wilmington homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Wilmington real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Wilmington Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Wilmington over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 2.39% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Wilmington home appreciation rates at 1.35%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.52%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Wilmington's appreciation rate, at 3.84%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Wilmington's appreciation rate has been 1.35%, which annualizes to a rate of 5.52%.

Relative to Delaware, our data show that Wilmington's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% of the other cities and towns in Delaware.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Wilmington differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Wilmington - 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 Wilmington real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Wilmington, DE HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,118,000 0.8
$839,001 - $1,118,000 0.9
$559,001 - $839,000 2.3
$447,001 - $559,000 2.4
$336,001 - $447,000 6.9
$223,001 - $336,000 16.7
$112,001 - $223,000 43.7
$56,001 - $112,000 21.6
$0 - $56,000 4.7

Very Low for DE
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
54.6540145985401 97.7272727272727

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Wilmington 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
49.64% 1.96%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,490 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 42.65
Renters 57.35
Vacant 16.48

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Wilmington HOMES
2000 or Newer 7.9
1970 - 1999 16.5
1940 - 1969 34.4
1939 or Older 41.2

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Wilmington HOMES
Single-Family 10.5
Townhomes 53.4
Small Apt. Buildings 11.6
Apt. Complexes 24.2
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Wilmington HOMES
No Bedroom 3.90
1 Bedroom 18.92
2 Bedrooms 21.55
3 Bedrooms 43.40
4 Bedrooms 9.00
5 or more bedrooms 3.24