Kansas City, KS Real Estate Market

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 Q4 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Kansas City, KS Housing Market Trends

With 152,960 people, 55,690 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $112,083, the cost of homes in Kansas City is among some of the lowest in the nation. Compared to Kansas, however, Kansas City real state is not on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Kansas City, accounting for 69.16% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Kansas City include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 15.60%), row houses and other attached homes ( 9.14%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.07%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Kansas City are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 55.84% owning and 44.16% 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. Kansas City's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 43.33% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Kansas City include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 25.88%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 21.09%). There's also some housing in Kansas City built between 2000 and later ( 9.70%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Kansas City. Fully 11.96% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Kansas City homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Kansas City 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.

Kansas City Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Kansas City have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 52.22%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Kansas City house appreciation rate of 4.29%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Kansas City that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Kansas City real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Kansas City appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.08%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 87.96% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Kansas City. Kansas City appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.78%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.61%.

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

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

Average Home Values

 
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Median Home Value:
$112,083

Kansas City, KS HOME PRICES

> $1,246,000
0.2%
0.2%
$935,001 - $1,246,000
0.2%
0.2%
$623,001 - $935,000
0.4%
0.4%
$498,001 - $623,000
0.7%
0.7%
$374,001 - $498,000
1.9%
1.9%
$249,001 - $374,000
4.9%
4.9%
$125,001 - $249,000
33.6%
33.6%
$62,001 - $125,000
38.1%
38.1%
$0 - $62,000
20.0%
20.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Very Low for Nation

Average for KS

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
55,690

Kansas City Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
KS*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q3 - 2020 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q4
80.15% 2.84%
7
6
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 
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Average Market Rent:
$1,232 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
55.8%
55.8%
Renters
44.2%
44.2%
Vacant
12.0%
12.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 
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Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
9.7%
9.7%
1970 - 1999
25.9%
25.9%
1940 - 1969
43.3%
43.3%
1939 or Older
21.1%
21.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
69.2%
69.2%
Townhomes
9.1%
9.1%
Small Apt. Buildings
4.1%
4.1%
Apt. Complexes
15.6%
15.6%
Mobile Homes
2.0%
2.0%
Other
0.1%
0.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
2.5%
2.5%
1 Bedroom
11.8%
11.8%
2 Bedrooms
32.4%
32.4%
3 Bedrooms
39.5%
39.5%
4 Bedrooms
11.7%
11.7%
5 or more bedrooms
2.1%
2.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES