Portsmouth NH

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Portsmouth, NH 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 Q4 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Portsmouth Housing Market Information

With a population of 21,896, 9,998 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $458,203, Portsmouth house prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, Portsmouth real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Portsmouth, accounting for 41.75% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Portsmouth include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 28.79%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 18.90%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.92%).

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

The housing in Portsmouth was primarily built before 1939 ( 35.83%), making the housing stock in Portsmouth some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Portsmouth. The next most important housing age is between 1970-1999 ( 28.81%), followed by between 1940-1969 ( 26.96%). There's also some housing in Portsmouth built between 2000 and later ( 8.40%).

Portsmouth Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Portsmouth has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Portsmouth real estate appreciated 50.15% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.15%, putting Portsmouth in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Portsmouth definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Portsmouth appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Portsmouth's appreciation rate has been 3.23%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Portsmouth were at 0.57%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 2.29%.

Relative to New Hampshire, our data show that Portsmouth's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in New Hampshire.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Portsmouth, NH HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,194,000 7.3
$896,001 - $1,194,000 7.0
$597,001 - $896,000 23.2
$478,001 - $597,000 13.8
$358,001 - $478,000 22.4
$239,001 - $358,000 17.2
$119,001 - $239,000 5.2
$60,001 - $119,000 1.7
$0 - $60,000 2.3

Very High for NH
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
8.89343065693431 6.36942675159236

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Portsmouth Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q3 - 2019 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q4 - 2019 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q4 - 2019 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2019 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q4 - 2019 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q4
109.50% 3.77%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,355 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 49.34
Renters 50.66
Vacant 3.48

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Portsmouth HOMES
2000 or Newer 8.4
1970 - 1999 28.8
1940 - 1969 27.0
1939 or Older 35.8

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Portsmouth HOMES
Single-Family 41.8
Townhomes 7.9
Small Apt. Buildings 18.9
Apt. Complexes 28.8
Mobile Homes 2.6
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Portsmouth HOMES
No Bedroom 2.06
1 Bedroom 17.29
2 Bedrooms 40.05
3 Bedrooms 25.14
4 Bedrooms 12.44
5 or more bedrooms 3.02