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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With 117,306 people, 48,197 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $124,418, house prices in Independence are solidly below the national average.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Independence, accounting for 72.52% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Independence include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 15.05%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.36%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.22%).
The most prevalent building size and type in Independence are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 60.42% owning and 39.58% 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. Independence's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 40.98% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Independence include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 38.64%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 12.43%). There's also some housing in Independence built between 2000 and later ( 7.95%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Independence. Fully 10.07% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Independence homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Independence 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.
Appreciation rates for homes in Independence have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 14.04%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Independence house appreciation rate of 1.32%.
Appreciation rates are so strong in Independence that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Independence real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Independence appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.65%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.78% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Independence. Independence appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.69%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.92%.
Importantly, this makes Independence 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 Missouri, our data show that Independence's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in Missouri.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Independence differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Independence - 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 Independence real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$933,001 - $1,243,000||0.1|
|$621,001 - $933,000||0.4|
|$497,001 - $621,000||0.5|
|$373,001 - $497,000||2.4|
|$249,001 - $373,000||8.8|
|$124,001 - $249,000||39.7|
|$62,001 - $124,000||38.3|
|$0 - $62,000||9.7|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2018 Q4 - 2019 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q1 - 2019 Q1
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q1
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Independence HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||7.9|
|1970 - 1999||38.6|
|1940 - 1969||41.0|
|1939 or Older||12.4|
|TYPE OF Independence HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||5.4|
|SIZE OF Independence HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||2.17|