Houston TX

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Houston, TX 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

Houston Housing Market Information

With 2,320,268 people, 848,340 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $166,307, Houston real estate and house prices are near the national average for all cities and towns.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Houston, accounting for 44.51% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Houston include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 43.90%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.44%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.26%).

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

There is a lot of housing in Houston built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Houston built between 1940-1969 ( 28.94%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 20.80%). There's also some housing in Houston built before 1939 ( 4.37%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Houston. Fully 11.22% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Houston homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Houston 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.

Houston Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Houston has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Houston real estate appreciated 60.08% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.82%, putting Houston in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Houston 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, Houston appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Houston's appreciation rate has been 3.41%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Houston were at 1.86%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 7.63%.

Relative to Texas, our data show that Houston's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in Texas.

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,169,000 2.3
$876,001 - $1,169,000 2.0
$584,001 - $876,000 5.3
$468,001 - $584,000 4.1
$351,001 - $468,000 7.7
$234,001 - $351,000 12.3
$117,001 - $234,000 33.8
$58,001 - $117,000 25.0
$0 - $58,000 7.5

Average for TX
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
54.7503649635037 42.192046556741

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Houston 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
127.72% 4.05%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,195 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 42.29
Renters 57.71
Vacant 11.22

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 20.8
1970 - 1999 45.9
1940 - 1969 28.9
1939 or Older 4.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 44.5
Townhomes 5.3
Small Apt. Buildings 5.4
Apt. Complexes 43.9
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.00
1 Bedroom 24.94
2 Bedrooms 29.30
3 Bedrooms 29.55
4 Bedrooms 11.15
5 or more bedrooms 2.05