Raleigh, NC


Highest Appreciating Raleigh Neighborhoods Since 2000

Raleigh, NC Real Estate Data

Raleigh Housing Market Information

With a population of 449,894, 166,316 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $276,931, Raleigh real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Raleigh home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Raleigh, accounting for 47.23% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Raleigh include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 31.48%), row houses and other attached homes ( 13.29%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.79%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Raleigh are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 50.66% owning and 49.34% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Raleigh built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Raleigh built between 2000 and later ( 30.23%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 16.22%). There's also some housing in Raleigh built before 1939 ( 3.13%).

Raleigh Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Raleigh has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Raleigh real estate appreciated 18.42% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 1.70%, putting Raleigh in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Raleigh definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Raleigh that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Raleigh real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Raleigh appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.45%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 88.25% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Raleigh. Raleigh appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.16%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.94%.

Relative to North Carolina, our data show that Raleigh's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% of the other cities and towns in North Carolina.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,191,000 1.1
$893,001 - $1,191,000 1.6
$596,001 - $893,000 5.1
$477,001 - $596,000 6.2
$357,001 - $477,000 11.0
$238,001 - $357,000 23.6
$119,001 - $238,000 42.0
$60,001 - $119,000 6.6
$0 - $60,000 2.8

Very High for NC
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
19.3593722550799 10.1633393829401

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,258 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.66
Renters 49.34
Vacant 8.98

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 30.2
1970 - 1999 50.4
1940 - 1969 16.2
1939 or Older 3.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 47.2
Townhomes 13.3
Small Apt. Buildings 6.8
Apt. Complexes 31.5
Mobile Homes 1.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.25
1 Bedroom 12.88
2 Bedrooms 29.18
3 Bedrooms 35.90
4 Bedrooms 15.76
5 or more bedrooms 4.03

Raleigh Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q2 - 2016 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q3
44.64% 2.19% 8 5
* 10 is highest