Philadelphia, PA


Highest Appreciating Philadelphia Neighborhoods Since 2000

Philadelphia, PA 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 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Philadelphia Housing Market Information

With 1,567,872 people, 581,050 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $151,373, 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 58.56% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Philadelphia include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 17.86%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 15.15%), and a few single-family detached homes ( 8.16%). Cities with mostly row houses, apartments, and other high density housing types are relatively uncommon, and characteristic of compact cities that frequently have a downtown or other neighborhoods where amenities are within walking distance and a lot of street life can be seen.

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 50.93% owning and 49.07% renting.

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. Philadelphia's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 41.85% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Philadelphia include homes built before 1939 ( 39.85%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 14.13%). There's also some housing in Philadelphia built between 2000 and later ( 4.18%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Philadelphia. Fully 13.31% 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 8.33%, which ranks in the top 40% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Philadelphia house appreciation rate of 0.80%.

Over the last year, Philadelphia appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Philadelphia's appreciation rate has been 3.83%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Philadelphia were at 1.28%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.24%.

Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Philadelphia's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 60% 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:

Philadelphia, PA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,123,000 0.8
$843,001 - $1,123,000 0.7
$562,001 - $843,000 2.6
$449,001 - $562,000 2.8
$337,001 - $449,000 6.3
$225,001 - $337,000 15.9
$112,001 - $225,000 35.1
$56,001 - $112,000 24.3
$0 - $56,000 11.6

Average for PA
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
51.7301949762867 46.4734299516908

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Philadelphia Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q2 - 2017 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q3
118.83% 4.51% 10 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,224 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 50.93
Renters 49.07
Vacant 13.31

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Philadelphia HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.2
1970 - 1999 14.1
1940 - 1969 41.8
1939 or Older 39.9

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Philadelphia HOMES
Single-Family 8.2
Townhomes 58.6
Small Apt. Buildings 15.2
Apt. Complexes 17.9
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Philadelphia HOMES
No Bedroom 3.81
1 Bedroom 16.53
2 Bedrooms 21.92
3 Bedrooms 46.17
4 Bedrooms 8.39
5 or more bedrooms 3.18