Washington Heights

Location of Washington Heights in red

Figure 1: Location of Washington Heights in red

Comparison to other neighborhoods

Most of this page compares trends within Washington Heights across time, but this table compares it to the rest of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. It shows the percentile rank of Washington Heights in various categories for each year during 2000 to 2018. For example, in 2000 91% 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 91st 91st 95th
65th 38th 51st
2001 91st 91st 95th
66th 39th 52nd
2002 91st 91st 95th
70th 42nd 52nd 53rd
2003 91st 91st 96th
73rd 41st 54th 65th
2004 91st 91st 96th
72nd 42nd 54th 60th
2005 91st 91st 96th
80th 47th 52nd 50th
2006 91st 91st 96th
85th 52nd 53rd 51st
2007 91st 91st 96th
85th 53rd 51st 47th
2008 91st 91st 96th
82nd 48th 51st 71st
2009 92nd 92nd 96th
76th 44th 53rd 51st
2010 91st 92nd 96th
73rd 42nd 51st 75th
2011 92nd 92nd 96th
74th 44th 53rd 63rd
2012 92nd 93rd 96th
76th 51st 50th 67th
2013 92nd 93rd 96th
79th 56th 50th 74th
2014 92nd 93rd 96th
78th 56th 51st 59th
2015 92nd 93rd 96th
80th 60th 50th 74th
2016 92nd 93rd 96th
82nd 62nd 52nd 65th
2017 91st 93rd 96th
79th 57th 53rd 66th
2018 91st 93rd 96th
79th 51st 54th
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 Washington Heights 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 $133,400 $142,357 $NA
2001 $130,879 $138,952 $NA
2002 $155,592 $167,721 $NA
2003 $168,178 $178,604 $NA
2004 $176,552 $189,628 $NA
2005 $189,484 $204,289 $NA
2006 $217,975 $229,981 $NA
2007 $204,688 $218,493 $NA
2008 $205,463 $209,729 $NA
2009 $183,958 $189,101 $NA
2010 $173,982 $179,846 $NA
2011 $168,797 $174,372 $NA
2012 $147,263 $152,645 $NA
2013 $145,139 $150,224 $NA
2014 $145,457 $147,681 $NA
2015 $151,188 $150,718 $NA
2016 $156,517 $156,308 $NA
2017 $158,252 $148,023 $NA
2018 $160,600 $153,950 $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 76 72% 7% 9% 12%
2003 87 71% 2% 14% 13%
2004 94 81% 1% 6% 12%
2005 134 66% 6% 14% 14%
2006 120 61% 12% 16% 11%
2007 88 61% 14% 7% 18%
2008 59 64% 14% 10% 12%
2009 44 75% 7% 5% 14%
2010 26 65% 8% 0% 27%
2011 25 64% 16% 4% 16%
2012 34 68% 12% 9% 12%
2013 51 49% 10% 6% 35%
2014 44 61% 2% 14% 23%
2015 74 58% 3% 20% 19%
2016 76 51% 3% 13% 33%
2017 84 54% 1% 17% 29%

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.”