Swissvale, PA


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Swissvale, 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 Q1 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

Swissvale Housing Market Information

With 8,855 people, 4,508 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $79,378, house prices in Swissvale are some of the most affordable in Pennsylvania as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Swissvale, accounting for 44.00% of the borough's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Swissvale include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 20.92%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 19.92%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 14.30%).

People in Swissvale primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Swissvale has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in Swissvale was primarily built before 1939 ( 48.15%), making the housing stock in Swissvale some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Swissvale. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 33.82%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 17.03%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Swissvale. Fully 14.98% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Swissvale homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Swissvale 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.

Swissvale Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Swissvale has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Swissvale real estate appreciated 22.71% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 2.07%, putting Swissvale in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Swissvale 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, Swissvale appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Swissvale's appreciation rate has been 1.72%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Swissvale were at -0.41%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -1.65%.

Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Swissvale's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 60% of the other cities and towns in Pennsylvania.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,107,000 0.0
$830,001 - $1,107,000 0.0
$553,001 - $830,000 0.0
$443,001 - $553,000 0.1
$332,001 - $443,000 2.5
$221,001 - $332,000 4.3
$110,001 - $221,000 22.7
$55,001 - $110,000 47.6
$0 - $55,000 22.8

Very Low for PA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
90.8795265440056 89.0821256038647

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Swissvale Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
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
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
56.57% 2.63% 8 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$858 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 48.30
Renters 51.70
Vacant 14.98

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Swissvale HOMES
2000 or Newer 1.0
1970 - 1999 17.0
1940 - 1969 33.8
1939 or Older 48.2

Types of Homes

Single-Family 44.0
Townhomes 14.3
Small Apt. Buildings 19.9
Apt. Complexes 20.9
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.75
1 Bedroom 16.84
2 Bedrooms 40.85
3 Bedrooms 28.22
4 Bedrooms 7.41
5 or more bedrooms 2.92