Acton, MA


Highest Appreciating Acton Neighborhoods Since 2000

Acton, MA 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

Acton Housing Market Information

With 23,549 people, 8,720 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $588,509, Acton house prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, Acton real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Acton, accounting for 60.54% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Acton include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 25.08%), row houses and other attached homes ( 8.89%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.92%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Acton. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 75.59% of Acton's homes, and 59.43% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Acton 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 Acton built between 1940-1969 ( 34.28%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 13.58%). There's also some housing in Acton built before 1939 ( 8.53%).

Acton Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Acton have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 9.57%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Acton house appreciation rate of 0.92%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Acton's appreciation rate, at 4.30%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Acton's appreciation rate has been 1.07%, which annualizes to a rate of 4.36%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Acton's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% of the other cities and towns in Massachusetts.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,144,000 3.5
$858,001 - $1,144,000 9.8
$572,001 - $858,000 37.8
$458,001 - $572,000 19.1
$343,001 - $458,000 11.7
$229,001 - $343,000 9.2
$115,001 - $229,000 6.8
$57,001 - $115,000 1.0
$0 - $57,000 1.3

Very High for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.10758232743467 15.7051282051282

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Acton 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
42.45% 2.07% 3 5
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,779 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 75.59
Renters 24.41
Vacant 3.99

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 13.6
1970 - 1999 43.6
1940 - 1969 34.3
1939 or Older 8.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 60.5
Townhomes 8.9
Small Apt. Buildings 4.9
Apt. Complexes 25.1
Mobile Homes 0.6
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.48
1 Bedroom 12.87
2 Bedrooms 21.52
3 Bedrooms 25.66
4 Bedrooms 33.77
5 or more bedrooms 5.70