Leon, IA


Highest Appreciating Leon Neighborhoods Since 2000

Leon, 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

Leon Housing Market Information

With a population of 1,903, 771 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $83,689, house prices in Leon are some of the most affordable in Iowa as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Leon, accounting for 77.12% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Leon include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 15.15%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.49%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 2.30%).

People in Leon primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Leon has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in Leon was primarily built before 1939 ( 41.59%), making the housing stock in Leon some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Leon. The next most important housing age is between 1970-1999 ( 27.80%), followed by between 1940-1969 ( 27.69%). There's also some housing in Leon built between 2000 and later ( 2.93%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Leon. Fully 19.44% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Leon homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Leon 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.

Leon Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Leon has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Leon real estate appreciated 31.61% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.78%, putting Leon in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Leon definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Leon's appreciation rate, at 5.26%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Leon's appreciation rate has been 0.99%, which annualizes to a rate of 4.00%.

Relative to Iowa, our data show that Leon's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Iowa.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,125,000 1.2
$844,001 - $1,125,000 0.0
$563,001 - $844,000 0.0
$451,001 - $563,000 0.0
$337,001 - $451,000 0.8
$225,001 - $337,000 4.8
$112,001 - $225,000 29.5
$57,001 - $112,000 32.1
$0 - $57,000 31.5

Very Low for IA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
88.1313723192312 89.8765432098765

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Leon 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
69.21% 3.10% 10 8
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$691 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 48.94
Renters 51.06
Vacant 19.44

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.9
1970 - 1999 27.8
1940 - 1969 27.7
1939 or Older 41.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 77.1
Townhomes 0.9
Small Apt. Buildings 4.5
Apt. Complexes 15.2
Mobile Homes 2.3
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.03
1 Bedroom 21.00
2 Bedrooms 27.80
3 Bedrooms 31.97
4 Bedrooms 10.24
5 or more bedrooms 5.96

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