Jersey City, NJ

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Jersey City, NJ 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 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Jersey City Housing Market Information

With a population of 270,753, 100,049 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $448,778, real estate costs in Jersey City are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive New Jersey communities.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Jersey City, accounting for 49.03% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Jersey City include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 35.42%), single-family detached homes ( 8.12%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.26%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.

Jersey City is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 71.74% of Jersey City's dwellings are rentals.

The housing in Jersey City was primarily built before 1939 ( 37.91%), making the housing stock in Jersey City some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Jersey City. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 23.71%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 20.36%). There's also some housing in Jersey City built between 2000 and later ( 18.01%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Jersey City. Fully 10.81% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Jersey City homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Jersey City 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.

Jersey City Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Jersey City has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Jersey City real estate appreciated 34.25% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.99%, putting Jersey City in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Jersey City definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Jersey City's appreciation rate, at 6.65%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Jersey City's appreciation rate has been 1.53%, which annualizes to a rate of 6.27%.

Relative to New Jersey, our data show that Jersey City's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% of the other cities and towns in New Jersey.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,336,000 3.8
$1,002,001 - $1,336,000 4.8
$668,001 - $1,002,000 13.8
$534,001 - $668,000 12.2
$401,001 - $534,000 23.8
$267,001 - $401,000 25.3
$134,001 - $267,000 11.7
$67,001 - $134,000 1.6
$0 - $67,000 2.9

High for NJ
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
9.13868613138686 37.1717171717172

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Jersey City Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
188.95% 5.67%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,851 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 28.26
Renters 71.74
Vacant 10.81

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Jersey City HOMES
2000 or Newer 18.0
1970 - 1999 20.4
1940 - 1969 23.7
1939 or Older 37.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 8.1
Townhomes 7.3
Small Apt. Buildings 35.4
Apt. Complexes 49.0
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.1

Home Size

No Bedroom 6.25
1 Bedroom 28.17
2 Bedrooms 35.45
3 Bedrooms 23.40
4 Bedrooms 4.37
5 or more bedrooms 2.36