Detroit, MI

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Detroit, MI 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

Detroit Housing Market Information

With 672,795 people, 256,985 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $47,260, house prices in Detroit are some of the most affordable in Michigan as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Detroit, accounting for 65.66% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Detroit include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 17.31%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.26%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.32%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Detroit are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 47.28% owning and 52.72% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Detroit's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 53.67% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Detroit include homes built before 1939 ( 33.96%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 8.94%). There's also some housing in Detroit built between 2000 and later ( 3.42%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Detroit. Fully 29.76% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Detroit homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Detroit 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.

Detroit Home Appreciation Rates

Detroit's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Detroit during the period has been just -0.01%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Over the last year, Detroit appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Detroit's appreciation rate has been 0.77%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Detroit were at 1.74%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.12%.

Relative to Michigan, our data show that Detroit's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in Michigan.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,169,000 0.3
$877,001 - $1,169,000 0.1
$584,001 - $877,000 0.5
$468,001 - $584,000 0.4
$351,001 - $468,000 0.9
$234,001 - $351,000 2.4
$117,001 - $234,000 9.2
$58,001 - $117,000 25.9
$0 - $58,000 60.5

Very Low for MI
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
99.5912408759124 99.5192307692308

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Detroit 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
-3.61% -0.20%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,075 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 47.28
Renters 52.72
Vacant 29.76

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 3.4
1970 - 1999 8.9
1940 - 1969 53.7
1939 or Older 34.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 65.7
Townhomes 7.3
Small Apt. Buildings 9.3
Apt. Complexes 17.3
Mobile Homes 0.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.67
1 Bedroom 12.59
2 Bedrooms 26.66
3 Bedrooms 43.56
4 Bedrooms 11.23
5 or more bedrooms 3.30