Decatur, IL


Decatur, IL 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 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Decatur Housing Market Information

With a population of 72,706, 31,248 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $70,941, house prices in Decatur are some of the most affordable in Illinois as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Decatur, accounting for 73.35% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Decatur include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 16.45%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.89%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 2.75%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Decatur are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 58.76% owning and 41.24% 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. Decatur's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 43.53% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Decatur include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 27.82%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 22.64%). There's also some housing in Decatur built between 2000 and later ( 6.02%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Decatur. Fully 12.62% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Decatur homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Decatur 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.

Decatur Home Appreciation Rates

Decatur's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Decatur during the period has been just -0.38%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Decatur that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Decatur real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Decatur appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 13.28%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 97.61% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Decatur. Decatur appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.79%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.64%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Decatur's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Illinois, our data show that Decatur's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% of the other cities and towns in Illinois.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,055,003 0.0
$790,971 - $1,055,003 0.2
$527,503 - $790,970 0.6
$422,269 - $527,502 0.5
$316,703 - $422,268 1.4
$210,800 - $316,702 4.3
$105,329 - $210,799 25.7
$52,945 - $105,328 35.0
$0 - $52,944 32.2

Very Low for IL
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
95.8394160583942 94.3037974683544

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Decatur Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q1 - 2018 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q1
13.25% 0.68%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$860 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 58.76
Renters 41.24
Vacant 12.62

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 6.0
1970 - 1999 27.8
1940 - 1969 43.5
1939 or Older 22.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 73.3
Townhomes 1.5
Small Apt. Buildings 5.9
Apt. Complexes 16.5
Mobile Homes 2.8
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.25
1 Bedroom 14.03
2 Bedrooms 33.09
3 Bedrooms 37.16
4 Bedrooms 11.69
5 or more bedrooms 2.79