Special Report

Home Values are Surging in Shirley, New York

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. home sales slumped. Since then, however, the market has come roaring back — and rising demand, in conjunction with a relatively low supply of housing, has caused home values to surge.

According to estimates from Zillow, a Seattle-based real estate data company, between May 2020 and May 2021, the typical single-family American home appreciated in value from $253,773 to $287,148, a 13.2% increase. Of course, housing markets also respond more to local forces, and not all parts of the country followed the national pattern.

In Shirley, a CDP of about 28,600 residents in New York’s New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, home values are rising even faster than they are nationwide. The typical single family home in Shirley was worth $368,182 as of May 2021, 20.4% more than what it was worth one year ago.

One factor that can contribute to rapidly climbing home prices at a local level is demand. And demand for housing is often precipitated by a growing population. However, according to the most recent available Census data, over the last one-year period, Shirley’s population decreased by 0.4%.

Nationwide, the typical home value is about 4.6 times higher than the median household income of $62,843. In Shirley, housing is generally more affordable. The typical single-family home value is about 4.2 times higher than the local median household income of $87,242.

Here are the 12 communities with populations of at least 25,000 in New York where home values climbed the most in the last year.

This is How Much Home You Can Buy For 200K in Every State

Rank in state Place 1-yr. increase in typical home value Current typical home value ($) 1-yr. change in median income Current median household income ($)
1 Rochester 43.1% 342,582 6.6% 35,590
2 Rome 21.5% 148,469 -1.1% 48,120
3 Buffalo 20.5% 182,006 4.1% 37,354
4 Shirley 20.4% 368,182 3.5% 87,242
5 Niagara Falls 20.2% 126,174 2.7% 36,346
6 Cheektowaga 18.2% 160,558 2.5% 54,002
7 Utica 17.5% 146,539 6.7% 37,760
8 Coram 17.5% 426,699 0.9% 84,022
9 Saratoga Springs 17.1% 416,742 5.6% 82,816
10 Syracuse 16.6% 145,519 5.4% 38,276
11 Middletown 16.4% 287,669 3.1% 55,245
12 West Babylon 16.4% 490,860 7.5% 100,470