Boston MA

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Boston, 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 Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Boston Housing Market Information

With 692,600 people, 266,724 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $613,956, real estate costs in Boston are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Massachusetts communities.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Boston, accounting for 43.84% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Boston include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 37.50%), single-family detached homes ( 12.08%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.40%). This particular housing mix is relatively uncommon and characteristic of cities that are compact and walkable, and which often have a lively downtown.

Boston is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 67.31% of Boston's dwellings are rentals.

The housing in Boston was primarily built before 1939 ( 50.41%), making the housing stock in Boston some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Boston. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 21.26%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 17.99%). There's also some housing in Boston built between 2000 and later ( 10.34%).

Boston Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Boston has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Boston real estate appreciated 82.68% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 6.21%, putting Boston in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Boston definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Boston's appreciation rate, at 4.06%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Boston's appreciation rate has been 1.22%, which annualizes to a rate of 4.96%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,291,000 9.6
$968,001 - $1,291,000 8.2
$646,001 - $968,000 26.0
$517,001 - $646,000 18.8
$387,001 - $517,000 19.7
$258,001 - $387,000 11.6
$129,001 - $258,000 3.3
$65,001 - $129,000 0.5
$0 - $65,000 2.2

High for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
5.01605839416058 20.1923076923077

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Boston Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
151.59% 4.55%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,797 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 32.69
Renters 67.31
Vacant 7.95

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 10.3
1970 - 1999 18.0
1940 - 1969 21.3
1939 or Older 50.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 12.1
Townhomes 6.4
Small Apt. Buildings 37.5
Apt. Complexes 43.8
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 7.06
1 Bedroom 24.66
2 Bedrooms 34.56
3 Bedrooms 23.06
4 Bedrooms 7.83
5 or more bedrooms 2.83