Pontiac, MI


Highest Appreciating Pontiac Neighborhoods Since 2000

Pontiac, 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 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

Pontiac Housing Market Information

With 59,917 people, 23,566 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $59,565, house prices in Pontiac 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 Pontiac, accounting for 64.47% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Pontiac include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.28%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.99%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.52%).

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

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. Pontiac's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 46.79% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Pontiac include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 22.77%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 21.32%). There's also some housing in Pontiac built between 2000 and later ( 9.12%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Pontiac. Fully 15.26% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Pontiac homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Pontiac 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.

Pontiac Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Pontiac over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 34.93% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Pontiac home appreciation rates at 1.86%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.66%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Pontiac that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Pontiac real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Pontiac appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.22%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 91.43% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Pontiac. Pontiac appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.86%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.66%.

Importantly, this makes Pontiac one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Michigan, our data show that Pontiac's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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 Pontiac differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Pontiac - 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 Pontiac real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,086,000 0.3
$814,001 - $1,086,000 0.4
$543,001 - $814,000 0.1
$434,001 - $543,000 0.0
$326,001 - $434,000 0.7
$217,001 - $326,000 1.7
$109,001 - $217,000 14.4
$54,001 - $109,000 36.3
$0 - $54,000 46.0

Very Low for MI
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
98.1307863588421 97.4358974358974

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Pontiac 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
-25.16% -1.67% 1 1
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,021 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 41.96
Renters 58.04
Vacant 15.26

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 9.1
1970 - 1999 22.8
1940 - 1969 46.8
1939 or Older 21.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 64.5
Townhomes 2.5
Small Apt. Buildings 7.0
Apt. Complexes 24.3
Mobile Homes 1.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.14
1 Bedroom 12.02
2 Bedrooms 33.62
3 Bedrooms 38.65
4 Bedrooms 9.75
5 or more bedrooms 1.83