Arlington, MA


Highest Appreciating Arlington Neighborhoods Since 2000

Arlington, 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

Arlington Housing Market Information

With 44,815 people, 18,643 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $651,850, Arlington house prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, Arlington 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 Arlington, accounting for 40.69% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Arlington include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 31.84%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 21.55%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.73%).

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

The housing in Arlington was primarily built before 1939 ( 50.27%), making the housing stock in Arlington some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Arlington. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 33.16%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 12.23%). There's also some housing in Arlington built between 2000 and later ( 4.34%).

Arlington Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Arlington has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Arlington real estate appreciated 40.15% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.43%, putting Arlington in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Arlington definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Arlington that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Arlington real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Arlington appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.70%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.27% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Arlington. Arlington appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.07%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.36%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Arlington's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% 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 Arlington differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Arlington - 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 Arlington real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,271,000 3.4
$954,001 - $1,271,000 8.0
$636,001 - $954,000 42.0
$509,001 - $636,000 22.3
$381,001 - $509,000 12.3
$254,001 - $381,000 7.0
$127,001 - $254,000 3.0
$64,001 - $127,000 0.4
$0 - $64,000 1.6

Very High for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
3.14074768545646 11.5384615384615

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Arlington 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
92.75% 3.88% 10 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,985 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 60.56
Renters 39.44
Vacant 4.97

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Arlington HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.3
1970 - 1999 12.2
1940 - 1969 33.2
1939 or Older 50.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 40.7
Townhomes 5.7
Small Apt. Buildings 31.8
Apt. Complexes 21.5
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.29
1 Bedroom 16.19
2 Bedrooms 32.88
3 Bedrooms 30.11
4 Bedrooms 14.85
5 or more bedrooms 3.68