Ottumwa, IA


Highest Appreciating Ottumwa Neighborhoods Since 2000

Ottumwa, 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

Ottumwa Housing Market Information

With a population of 24,624, 10,068 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $77,570, house prices in Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa, accounting for 77.06% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Ottumwa include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 11.66%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.09%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 3.34%).

Dwellings in Ottumwa tend to be quite small (one, two, or no bedrooms) and owner occupied. In fact, 54.75% of the homes in Ottumwa have two or fewer bedrooms.

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. Ottumwa's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 38.88% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Ottumwa include homes built before 1939 ( 37.03%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 20.67%). There's also some housing in Ottumwa built between 2000 and later ( 3.42%).

Ottumwa Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Ottumwa have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 5.70%, which ranks in the top 40% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Ottumwa house appreciation rate of 0.56%.

Over the last year, Ottumwa appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Ottumwa's appreciation rate has been 2.44%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Ottumwa were at 0.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.00%.

Relative to Iowa, our data show that Ottumwa's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% 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 Ottumwa differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Ottumwa - 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 Ottumwa real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,066,000 0.6
$799,001 - $1,066,000 0.1
$533,001 - $799,000 0.3
$426,001 - $533,000 0.2
$320,001 - $426,000 1.1
$213,001 - $320,000 3.8
$106,001 - $213,000 18.6
$53,001 - $106,000 45.1
$0 - $53,000 30.3

Very Low for IA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
91.9196062346185 94.320987654321

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Ottumwa 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
33.52% 1.69% 3 4
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$780 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 65.56
Renters 34.44
Vacant 9.47

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 3.4
1970 - 1999 20.7
1940 - 1969 38.9
1939 or Older 37.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 77.1
Townhomes 0.8
Small Apt. Buildings 7.1
Apt. Complexes 11.7
Mobile Homes 3.3
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.67
1 Bedroom 11.68
2 Bedrooms 40.40
3 Bedrooms 32.73
4 Bedrooms 10.65
5 or more bedrooms 1.87