DeKalb, IL


Highest Appreciating DeKalb Neighborhoods Since 2000

DeKalb, 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 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

DeKalb Housing Market Information

With a population of 43,211, 14,880 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $166,917, DeKalb real estate and house prices are near the national average for all cities and towns.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in DeKalb, accounting for 41.60% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in DeKalb include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 36.89%), row houses and other attached homes ( 10.46%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.23%).

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

There is a lot of housing in DeKalb built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in DeKalb built between 1940-1969 ( 29.20%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 16.97%). There's also some housing in DeKalb built before 1939 ( 12.60%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in DeKalb. Fully 12.08% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant DeKalb homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding DeKalb 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.

DeKalb Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in DeKalb over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 26.53% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows DeKalb home appreciation rates at 0.43%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 1.74%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, DeKalb's appreciation rate, at 4.40%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, DeKalb's appreciation rate has been 0.43%, which annualizes to a rate of 1.74%.

Relative to Illinois, our data show that DeKalb's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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 DeKalb differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in DeKalb - 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 DeKalb real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,049,000 0.1
$787,001 - $1,049,000 0.0
$524,001 - $787,000 0.2
$420,001 - $524,000 0.4
$315,001 - $420,000 3.2
$210,001 - $315,000 26.1
$105,001 - $210,000 56.5
$52,001 - $105,000 8.9
$0 - $52,000 4.5

High for IL
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
42.8219852337982 34.5569620253165

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

DeKalb 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
-0.06% 0.00% 1 1
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,078 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 36.46
Renters 63.54
Vacant 12.08

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 17.0
1970 - 1999 41.2
1940 - 1969 29.2
1939 or Older 12.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 41.6
Townhomes 10.5
Small Apt. Buildings 9.2
Apt. Complexes 36.9
Mobile Homes 1.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.02
1 Bedroom 13.49
2 Bedrooms 33.61
3 Bedrooms 32.15
4 Bedrooms 13.64
5 or more bedrooms 3.09