Midtown

Location of Midtown in red

Figure 1: Location of Midtown in red

Comparison to other neighborhoods

Most of this page compares trends within Midtown across time, but this table compares it to the rest of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. It shows the percentile rank of Midtown in various categories for each year during 2000 to 2018. For example, in 2000 88% of neighborhoods contained fewer total residential units.
Table 1: Annual neighborhood percentile ranks, where 100 = the largest or highest amount and 1 = smallest or lowest
Percentile Rank
year Total Units1 Total single-family homes2 Total duplexes3 Total condos4 Median property value5 Median Value/ft.6 % Owner-occupied7 Sales rate8*
2000 88th 69th 88th
2nd 3rd 7th
2001 87th 69th 88th
2nd 3rd 7th
2002 87th 71st 88th
3rd 3rd 9th 10th
2003 85th 71st 88th
3rd 3rd 10th 14th
2004 85th 71st 88th
3rd 3rd 7th 11th
2005 85th 74th 88th
4th 4th 6th 71st
2006 84th 74th 88th
5th 4th 7th 70th
2007 87th 74th 88th
5th 4th 7th 28th
2008 86th 76th 88th
4th 2nd 7th 9th
2009 86th 76th 88th
3rd 5th 8th 18th
2010 86th 76th 88th
3rd 5th 8th 19th
2011 87th 75th 88th
4th 5th 8th 40th
2012 87th 75th 88th
5th 4th 8th 16th
2013 87th 75th 88th
5th 6th 12th 30th
2014 87th 75th 88th
7th 6th 12th 22nd
2015 86th 75th 88th
7th 6th 11th 12th
2016 86th 75th 88th
7th 7th 12th 16th
2017 86th 75th 88th
7th 6th 13th 14th
2018 86th 75th 88th
5th 5th 15th
Note: Percentile ranks are only calculated for neighborhoods which include the characteristic being measured. For example, a neighborhood with no condos is marked missing, while the neighborhood in the 1st percentile contains at least 1 condo.
1 Includes all homes, condos, and apartments
2 Total standalone 1-unit homes
3 Total 2-unit homes
4 Total condos
5 Median entire property value as assessed by the City
6 Median of (Improvements value) / (Useable square feet of building)
7 Percent of single-family, duplexes, and condos whose location is also the owner’s mailing address
8 Single-family, duplex, and condo sales as a percent of total single-family, duplex, and condo properties
* No sales data available for 2000-2001

Residential property values, 2000 to 2018

Total property value

This “violin” graph displays the distribution of home values in Midtown since 2000. The shapes for each year are widest at the property value where the most homes are located. Larger “violins” indicate more homes, while smaller shapes indicate fewer. The thin line through the graph shows the median home value for each year.

The table below contains the median home value for each year from 2000 to 2018. Values are adjusted to 2018 dollars, and properties assessed at $0 are ommitted. This is because those properties are not literally worth nothing. The city assesses them at $0 because they are owned by an entity which does not pay property taxes; therefore they contribute nothing to the city’s tax base directly.
Table 2: Median inflation-adjusted home values
Median property value
year single-family duplex condo
2000 $26,360 $30,583 $NA
2001 $26,417 $30,241 $NA
2002 $35,691 $34,018 $NA
2003 $40,068 $34,481 $NA
2004 $44,802 $36,240 $NA
2005 $57,106 $51,757 $NA
2006 $75,271 $71,912 $NA
2007 $70,715 $68,268 $NA
2008 $76,084 $81,986 $NA
2009 $73,279 $62,176 $NA
2010 $66,292 $55,426 $NA
2011 $64,999 $54,073 $NA
2012 $45,320 $41,391 $NA
2013 $44,972 $40,787 $NA
2014 $44,601 $40,575 $NA
2015 $43,465 $39,390 $NA
2016 $43,361 $37,249 $NA
2017 $42,044 $36,776 $NA
2018 $42,850 $38,150 $NA

Value per square foot

This graph is similar to the graph above, except it shows property value per square foot, rather than the total. These statistics are calculated by dividing the value of improvements made to the parcel (namely the building) by the total useable floor area of the structure in square feet.

Residential units

The next three graphs show trends in the number of housing units and their occupancy status. “Owner-occupied” means the property owner lists that location as their mailing address. Additional units at each parcel may be rented, so the “owner-occupied” number given here should be understood as an upper bound; the real number is almost certainly lower. Non-owner-occupied units may either be rented or vacant. These three graphs show total units, so (for example) every one duplex counts as 2 units.

Total, 2000 to 2018

Single family homes

Duplexes

Condos

Totals by type

Property sales and owner-occupancy

Single-family homes, duplexes, and condos
Table 5: The unit of analysis is the parcel. Some parcels contain multiple units.
year Total sold Remain owner-occupied Owner-occupied to other Remain other occupied Other to owner-occupied
2002 5 40% 0% 40% 20%
2003 16 69% 0% 12% 19%
2004 11 73% 0% 18% 9%
2005 110 26% 12% 45% 17%
2006 94 22% 11% 51% 16%
2007 47 19% 28% 36% 17%
2008 12 50% 0% 33% 17%
2009 12 17% 8% 50% 25%
2010 5 40% 20% 20% 20%
2011 7 29% 14% 29% 29%
2012 4 25% 25% 0% 50%
2013 13 15% 15% 46% 23%
2014 10 40% 0% 50% 10%
2015 12 8% 0% 67% 25%
2016 13 46% 8% 23% 23%
2017 11 18% 9% 36% 36%

This table compares the owner-occupancy status before and after each sale for properties coded as “Residential” or “Condominium” in the previous table. As explained above, “owner-occupancy” means the property owner lists that parcel as their mailing address. Additional units at an owner-occupied address may be vacant or rented. In this table “other occupied” simply means the property owner does not maintain their mailing address at that location. The property could be rented, or it could be vacant.

  • If a property was coded as owner-occupied in the year prior to the sale, and it is still coded that way in the first available property record after the sale date, it is classified as “Remain owner-occupied.”
  • A property coded “owner-occupied” before the sale, but not after is classified as “Owner-occupied to other”
  • A property not coded “owner-occupied” before a sale, and which maintains that status after the sale, is classified “Remain other occupied.”
  • Properties which aren’t “owner-occupied” prior to the sale but become so afterward are classified “Other to owner-occupied.”