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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 a population of 26,780, 11,486 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $106,982, house prices in Watertown are solidly below the national average.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Watertown, accounting for 42.02% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Watertown include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 27.19%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.11%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.67%).
People in Watertown primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Watertown has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
The housing in Watertown was primarily built before 1939 ( 56.53%), making the housing stock in Watertown some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Watertown. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 22.46%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 18.40%). There's also some housing in Watertown built between 2000 and later ( 2.61%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Watertown. Fully 11.56% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Watertown homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Watertown 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 Watertown have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 0.72%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Watertown house appreciation rate of 0.07%.
Appreciation rates are so strong in Watertown that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Watertown real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Watertown appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 6.40%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 77.14% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Watertown. Watertown appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -4.25%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -15.94%.
Notably, Watertown's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.
Relative to New York, our data show that Watertown's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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 city. Individual neighborhoods within Watertown differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Watertown - 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 Watertown real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$721,001 - $962,000||0.2|
|$481,001 - $721,000||0.5|
|$385,001 - $481,000||0.8|
|$289,001 - $385,000||2.1|
|$192,001 - $289,000||9.0|
|$96,001 - $192,000||53.8|
|$48,001 - $96,000||25.8|
|$0 - $48,000||6.9|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Watertown HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||2.6|
|1970 - 1999||18.4|
|1940 - 1969||22.5|
|1939 or Older||56.5|
|TYPE OF Watertown HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||27.2|
|SIZE OF Watertown HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||3.56|