Fitchburg, MA


Highest Appreciating Fitchburg Neighborhoods Since 2000

Fitchburg, MA Real Estate Data

Fitchburg Housing Market Information

With a population of 40,545, 14,782 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $203,466, Fitchburg real estate values are some of the lowest in Massachusetts, although compared to real estate around the nation, Fitchburg homes are still considered rather expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Fitchburg, accounting for 38.55% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fitchburg include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 34.79%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 19.52%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.61%).

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

The housing in Fitchburg was primarily built before 1939 ( 46.60%), making the housing stock in Fitchburg some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Fitchburg. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 24.17%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 20.41%). There's also some housing in Fitchburg built between 2000 and later ( 8.82%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Fitchburg. Fully 13.98% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Fitchburg homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Fitchburg 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.

Fitchburg Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Fitchburg over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 26.30% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Fitchburg home appreciation rates at 1.83%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.50%.

Over the last year, Fitchburg appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Fitchburg's appreciation rate has been 3.42%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Fitchburg were at 1.83%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.50%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Fitchburg's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% 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 Fitchburg differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Fitchburg - 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 Fitchburg real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,092,000 0.6
$819,001 - $1,092,000 0.0
$546,001 - $819,000 1.9
$437,001 - $546,000 2.0
$328,001 - $437,000 4.2
$218,001 - $328,000 30.7
$109,001 - $218,000 52.1
$55,001 - $109,000 6.7
$0 - $55,000 1.9

Very Low for MA
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
32.2421971072202 94.8717948717949

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,058 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 51.64
Renters 48.36
Vacant 13.98

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fitchburg HOMES
2000 or Newer 8.8
1970 - 1999 20.4
1940 - 1969 24.2
1939 or Older 46.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 38.6
Townhomes 6.6
Small Apt. Buildings 34.8
Apt. Complexes 19.5
Mobile Homes 0.5
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 6.90
1 Bedroom 14.68
2 Bedrooms 29.98
3 Bedrooms 34.57
4 Bedrooms 10.20
5 or more bedrooms 3.67

Fitchburg Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q2 - 2016 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q3
19.83% 1.07% 1 2
* 10 is highest