Waco, TX

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Waco, 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 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

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

Waco Housing Market Information

With a population of 136,436, 47,188 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $126,148, house prices in Waco are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Waco, accounting for 58.09% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Waco include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 25.75%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.17%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.04%).

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

There is a lot of housing in Waco 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 Waco built between 1940-1969 ( 35.81%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 16.79%). There's also some housing in Waco built before 1939 ( 6.51%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Waco. Fully 11.51% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Waco homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Waco 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.

Waco Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Waco has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Waco real estate appreciated 45.57% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.83%, putting Waco in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Waco definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Waco that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Waco real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Waco appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.75%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 80.76% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Waco. Waco appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 3.03%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 12.69%.

Importantly, this makes Waco one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Texas, our data show that Waco's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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 Waco differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Waco - 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 Waco real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,317,000 0.2
$988,001 - $1,317,000 0.5
$659,001 - $988,000 0.5
$527,001 - $659,000 0.9
$395,001 - $527,000 2.7
$263,001 - $395,000 7.8
$132,001 - $263,000 27.5
$66,001 - $132,000 39.6
$0 - $66,000 20.3

Average for TX
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
67.7080291970803 53.6372453928225

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Waco Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q3 - 2018 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q3
96.44% 3.67%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,147 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 42.50
Renters 57.50
Vacant 11.51

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 16.8
1970 - 1999 40.9
1940 - 1969 35.8
1939 or Older 6.5

Types of Homes

Single-Family 58.1
Townhomes 3.0
Small Apt. Buildings 12.2
Apt. Complexes 25.7
Mobile Homes 1.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.45
1 Bedroom 15.27
2 Bedrooms 33.18
3 Bedrooms 37.67
4 Bedrooms 11.02
5 or more bedrooms 1.40