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Historical Housing Prices Project

Data Sources

Data Sources for the Historical Housing Prices Project.

The Historical Housing Prices Project uses real estate sections from historical newspapers that were microfilmed and made available online. A team of scholars based at the University of Pittsburgh, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of California, Merced, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, digitized approximately 2.7 million listings from the newspapers listed below. The newspapers and access sites used in the project are listed below.

City Newspapers Access Site
Atlanta Atlanta Constitution (all years); New York Public Library
Baltimore Sun (all years); New York Public Library
Boston Boston Globe (all years) ProQuest
Charleston Post-Courier (all years); New York Public Library
Chicago Chicago Tribune (all years) ProQuest
Cincinnati Cincinnati Enquirer (all years)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (all years)
Dallas Dallas Morning News (all years);;
New York Public Library
Detroit Detroit Free Press (all years)
Houston Post (to 1924)
Houston Chronicle (from 1924); Houston Public Library
Las Vegas Review Journal (all years)
Los Angeles LA Times (all years); New York Public Library
Louisville Courier Journal (all years)
Memphis Commercial Appeal (all years)
Miami Miami Metropolis/Daily News (1910-1940)
Miami Miami Herald (from 1920)
Minneapolis Star Tribune (all years)
Nashville Tennessean (all years)
New Orleans Times Picayune (all years); New York Public Library
New York City New York Times (all years) ProQuest
New York City New York Daily News (from 1980)
New York City Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1890-1940)
New York City Bronx Homes News (1907-1940) Bronx County Archive
Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer (all years)
Phoenix Arizona Republic (all years)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (all years)
Portland Oregonian (all years)
Salt Lake City Tribune (all years); New York Public Library
San Diego Union (all years)
San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle (all years)
Seattle (Daily) Times (all years); New York Public Library
Washington D.C. Washington Post (all years) ProQuest; New York Public Library

The listings were transformed into indices using hedonic methods to control for both observed and unobserved housing attributes. Interested users should consult Section 4 of the associated working paper, “The Price of Housing in the United States, 1890–2006” for details on the methodology.

The HHP Project now resides at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Because the HHP rent and sales series are based on publicly available sources, they can be freely distributed. Users can generate figures showing the change in the price level of owned or rented housing over time using the Data Explorer or download the associated indices from this web page. When using data or figures from this tool, we request that you include the following citation:

Any data and/or data visualizations taken directly or indirectly from this website should be cited as:

We advise making explicit reference to the date when the database was consulted, as statistics are subject to revisions.

Researchers using the housing price indices should also cite:

This tool will expand over time to include additional series, so please check back for updates.