Milwaukee, WI

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Milwaukee, WI 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 Q2 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

Milwaukee Housing Market Information

With a population of 595,047, 230,784 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $116,549, house prices in Milwaukee are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Milwaukee, accounting for 40.04% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Milwaukee include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 27.96%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.65%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.93%).

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

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. Milwaukee's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 42.71% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Milwaukee include homes built before 1939 ( 37.76%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 15.26%). There's also some housing in Milwaukee built between 2000 and later ( 4.27%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Milwaukee. Fully 10.19% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Milwaukee homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Milwaukee 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.

Milwaukee Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Milwaukee over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 11.10% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Milwaukee home appreciation rates at 1.54%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.29%.

Over the last year, Milwaukee appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Milwaukee's appreciation rate has been 2.85%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Milwaukee were at 1.54%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.29%.

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

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

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,152,000 0.5
$864,001 - $1,152,000 0.3
$576,001 - $864,000 1.1
$461,001 - $576,000 0.8
$345,001 - $461,000 2.1
$230,001 - $345,000 7.7
$115,001 - $230,000 39.9
$57,001 - $115,000 35.1
$0 - $57,000 12.4

Very Low for WI
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
71.6671532846715 93.6344969199179

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Milwaukee Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q1 - 2018 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q2 - 2018 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q2
36.50% 1.70%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,003 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 40.54
Renters 59.46
Vacant 10.19

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Milwaukee HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.3
1970 - 1999 15.3
1940 - 1969 42.7
1939 or Older 37.8

Types of Homes

Single-Family 40.0
Townhomes 6.9
Small Apt. Buildings 28.0
Apt. Complexes 24.6
Mobile Homes 0.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.14
1 Bedroom 16.14
2 Bedrooms 36.13
3 Bedrooms 33.39
4 Bedrooms 8.97
5 or more bedrooms 2.23