Fort Dodge, IA


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Fort Dodge, IA 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 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Fort Dodge Housing Market Information

With a population of 24,649, 9,892 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $96,286, house prices in Fort Dodge are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Fort Dodge, accounting for 71.98% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fort Dodge include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 13.14%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 8.45%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.91%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Fort Dodge are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 54.73% owning and 45.27% 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. Fort Dodge's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 40.93% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Fort Dodge include homes built before 1939 ( 31.86%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 21.06%). There's also some housing in Fort Dodge built between 2000 and later ( 6.14%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Fort Dodge. Fully 11.78% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Fort Dodge homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Fort Dodge 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.

Fort Dodge Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Fort Dodge have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 13.28%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Fort Dodge house appreciation rate of 1.25%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Fort Dodge's appreciation rate, at 4.55%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Fort Dodge's appreciation rate has been 0.99%, which annualizes to a rate of 4.00%.

Relative to Iowa, our data show that Fort Dodge's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% of the other cities and towns in Iowa.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,105,000 0.0
$829,001 - $1,105,000 0.6
$553,001 - $829,000 0.6
$442,001 - $553,000 0.5
$332,001 - $442,000 1.3
$221,001 - $332,000 6.4
$111,001 - $221,000 23.8
$55,001 - $111,000 47.0
$0 - $55,000 19.7

Low for IA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
80.0070315246689 79.2592592592593

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fort Dodge Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
25.32% 1.32% 1 3
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$737 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 54.73
Renters 45.27
Vacant 11.78

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 6.1
1970 - 1999 21.1
1940 - 1969 40.9
1939 or Older 31.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 72.0
Townhomes 3.9
Small Apt. Buildings 8.5
Apt. Complexes 13.1
Mobile Homes 2.5
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.34
1 Bedroom 11.91
2 Bedrooms 34.50
3 Bedrooms 35.90
4 Bedrooms 13.25
5 or more bedrooms 3.09