we looked at (1) price gains, based on the change in median price per square foot among all non-foreclosure homes for sale on Trulia, and (2) population growth, based on the U.S. Postal Service's count of occupied households in each ZIP code. Both measures are year-over-year, with prices through the end of May 2013 and population through mid-June 2013. We classify urban and suburban neighborhoods based on the kind of housing they have – urban neighborhoods are mostly condos, apartments, and townhouses, while suburbs have mostly detached, single-family homes – which we think is more accurate than using big-city boundaries
- Housing prices (based on the median asking price per square foot) were up 11.3 percent in urban neighborhoods, versus 10.2 percent in suburban neighborhoods.
- Housing prices rose even faster in "high-rise" neighborhoods, "where more than half the housing is in buildings with 50 or more units," which saw a 11.9 percent gain.
- Diversity pays when it comes to housing prices. Housing prices in "gayborhoods," where gay or lesbian couples make up more than one percent of households, rose by 13.8 percent in gay neighborhoods and 16.5 percent in lesbian neighborhoods.
- Housing prices rose by 14.3 percent in racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods defined as those "where no group makes up a majority of the population."
The table below, from Kolko's data, shows urban versus suburban price gains in the 20 metros covered by the Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
|Metro||Urban home price change, Y-o-Y||Suburban home price change, Y-o-Y||Difference: urban minus suburban|
Table data from Trulia
Urban neighborhoods outpaced suburban neighborhoods in 16 of the 20 metros. Not just the obvious suspects like New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago, but metros like Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Phoenix.