Philadelphia, PA Real Estate Market

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 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Philadelphia, PA Housing Market Trends

With a population of 1,584,064, 601,337 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $193,567, Philadelphia real estate and house prices are near the national average for all cities and towns.

Row houses and other attached homes are the single most common housing type in Philadelphia, accounting for 58.39% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Philadelphia include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 19.02%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 14.26%), and a few single-family detached homes ( 8.06%). 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.

The most prevalent building size and type in Philadelphia are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in row houses and other attached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 51.41% owning and 48.59% renting.

The housing in Philadelphia was primarily built before 1939 ( 41.66%), making the housing stock in Philadelphia some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Philadelphia. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 38.58%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 14.02%). There's also some housing in Philadelphia built between 2000 and later ( 5.75%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Philadelphia. Fully 12.34% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Philadelphia homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Philadelphia 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.

Philadelphia Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Philadelphia have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 44.96%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Philadelphia house appreciation rate of 3.78%.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Philadelphia's appreciation rate, at 6.15%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Philadelphia's appreciation rate has been 2.75%, which annualizes to a rate of 11.47%.

Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Philadelphia's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Pennsylvania.

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

Average Home Values

 

Median Home Value:
$193,567

Philadelphia, PA HOME PRICES

> $1,242,000
1.2%
1.2%
$932,001 - $1,242,000
1.1%
1.1%
$621,001 - $932,000
4.1%
4.1%
$497,001 - $621,000
3.5%
3.5%
$373,001 - $497,000
7.1%
7.1%
$249,001 - $373,000
17.8%
17.8%
$124,001 - $249,000
35.2%
35.2%
$62,001 - $124,000
22.1%
22.1%
$0 - $62,000
7.9%
7.9%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Average for Nation

High for PA

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
601,337

Philadelphia Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
PA*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q3 - 2020 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q4 - 2020 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q4
179.93% 5.02%
10
10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 

Average Market Rent:
$1,338 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
51.4%
51.4%
Renters
48.6%
48.6%
Vacant
12.3%
12.3%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 

Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
5.7%
5.7%
1970 - 1999
14.0%
14.0%
1940 - 1969
38.6%
38.6%
1939 or Older
41.7%
41.7%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
8.1%
8.1%
Townhomes
58.4%
58.4%
Small Apt. Buildings
14.3%
14.3%
Apt. Complexes
19.0%
19.0%
Mobile Homes
0.2%
0.2%
Other
0.0%
0.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
4.3%
4.3%
1 Bedroom
15.9%
15.9%
2 Bedrooms
21.9%
21.9%
3 Bedrooms
46.1%
46.1%
4 Bedrooms
8.9%
8.9%
5 or more bedrooms
3.0%
3.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES