Northampton, MA


Highest Appreciating Northampton Neighborhoods Since 2000

Northampton, 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

Northampton Housing Market Information

With 28,540 people, 11,484 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $321,702, real estate costs in Northampton 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.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Northampton, accounting for 47.79% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Northampton include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 25.43%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 22.10%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.62%).

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

The housing in Northampton was primarily built before 1939 ( 46.41%), making the housing stock in Northampton some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Northampton. The next most important housing age is between 1970-1999 ( 27.05%), followed by between 1940-1969 ( 21.28%). There's also some housing in Northampton built between 2000 and later ( 5.25%).

Northampton Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Northampton have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 9.72%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Northampton house appreciation rate of 0.93%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Northampton that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Northampton real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Northampton appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.69%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.23% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Northampton. Northampton appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.15%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.66%.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Northampton, MA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,096,000 1.3
$822,001 - $1,096,000 2.3
$548,001 - $822,000 8.6
$439,001 - $548,000 13.7
$329,001 - $439,000 22.0
$219,001 - $329,000 33.5
$109,001 - $219,000 15.3
$55,001 - $109,000 1.5
$0 - $55,000 1.7

Low for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
14.397046759639 63.4615384615385

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Northampton 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
82.36% 3.54% 10 9
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,367 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 48.93
Renters 51.07
Vacant 5.66

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Northampton HOMES
2000 or Newer 5.2
1970 - 1999 27.1
1940 - 1969 21.3
1939 or Older 46.4

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Northampton HOMES
Single-Family 47.8
Townhomes 4.6
Small Apt. Buildings 22.1
Apt. Complexes 25.4
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.1

Home Size

SIZE OF Northampton HOMES
No Bedroom 2.39
1 Bedroom 19.64
2 Bedrooms 30.91
3 Bedrooms 29.52
4 Bedrooms 13.87
5 or more bedrooms 3.66