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Queens, NY 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 Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Queens Housing Market Information

With 2,253,858 people, 779,234 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $660,571, Queens house prices are not only among the most expensive in New York, Queens real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Queens, accounting for 40.94% of the borough's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Queens include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 31.46%), single-family detached homes ( 19.01%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 8.41%). Boroughs with mostly row houses, apartments, and other high density housing types are relatively uncommon, and characteristic of compact boroughs that frequently have a downtown or other neighborhoods where amenities are within walking distance and a lot of street life can be seen.

People in Queens primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. Queens 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. Queens's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 49.48% of the borough's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Queens include homes built before 1939 ( 31.52%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 12.41%). There's also some housing in Queens built between 2000 and later ( 6.59%).

Queens Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Queens has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Queens real estate appreciated 62.02% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.94%, putting Queens in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Queens 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, Queens appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Queens's appreciation rate has been 3.31%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Queens were at 0.74%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 3.01%.

Notably, Queens's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

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

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,259,000 6.9
$944,001 - $1,259,000 15.4
$629,001 - $944,000 29.5
$503,001 - $629,000 15.2
$378,001 - $503,000 13.0
$252,001 - $378,000 9.8
$126,001 - $252,000 6.4
$63,001 - $126,000 1.3
$0 - $63,000 2.6

Very High for NY
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
4.18686131386861 11.1111111111111

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Queens Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
189.76% 5.26%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,426 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 44.08
Renters 55.92
Vacant 8.94

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 6.6
1970 - 1999 12.4
1940 - 1969 49.5
1939 or Older 31.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 19.0
Townhomes 8.4
Small Apt. Buildings 31.5
Apt. Complexes 40.9
Mobile Homes 0.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 5.76
1 Bedroom 25.28
2 Bedrooms 32.23
3 Bedrooms 27.44
4 Bedrooms 6.67
5 or more bedrooms 2.62