Baltimore, MD

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Baltimore, MD 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 Q2 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Baltimore Housing Market Information

With 614,664 people, 242,416 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $168,262, Baltimore real estate values are some of the lowest in Maryland, although compared to real estate around the nation, Baltimore homes are still considered rather expensive.

Row houses and other attached homes are the single most common housing type in Baltimore, accounting for 52.15% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Baltimore include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 21.78%), single-family detached homes ( 14.24%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 11.66%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.

The most prevalent building size and type in Baltimore are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in row houses and other attached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 44.73% owning and 55.27% renting.

The housing in Baltimore was primarily built before 1939 ( 46.98%), making the housing stock in Baltimore some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Baltimore. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 34.50%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 13.84%). There's also some housing in Baltimore built between 2000 and later ( 4.68%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Baltimore. Fully 18.36% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Baltimore homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Baltimore 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.

Baltimore Home Appreciation Rates

Baltimore's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Baltimore during the period has been just -0.83%, which is lower than 80% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Baltimore's appreciation rate, at 5.08%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Baltimore's appreciation rate has been 0.84%, which annualizes to a rate of 3.40%.

Relative to Maryland, our data show that Baltimore's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% of the other cities and towns in Maryland.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,141,000 0.7
$855,001 - $1,141,000 0.8
$570,001 - $855,000 2.6
$456,001 - $570,000 3.1
$342,001 - $456,000 6.3
$228,001 - $342,000 15.7
$114,001 - $228,000 38.9
$57,001 - $114,000 22.3
$0 - $57,000 9.4

Very Low for MD
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
46.6802919708029 85.7142857142857

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Baltimore Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q1 - 2018 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q2
79.92% 3.23%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,348 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 44.73
Renters 55.27
Vacant 18.36

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Baltimore HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.7
1970 - 1999 13.8
1940 - 1969 34.5
1939 or Older 47.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 14.2
Townhomes 52.1
Small Apt. Buildings 11.7
Apt. Complexes 21.8
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.15
1 Bedroom 17.88
2 Bedrooms 26.98
3 Bedrooms 39.42
4 Bedrooms 9.18
5 or more bedrooms 3.39