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Austin

Austin is one of seventy-seven officially designated community areas in Chicago, Illinois. Located on the city's West Side, it is the second largest community area by population (behind Lake View) and the second-largest geographically (behind South Deering). Austin's eastern boundary is the Belt Railway located just east of Cicero Avenue. Its northernmost border is the Milwaukee District / West Line. Its southernmost border is at Roosevelt Road from the Belt Railway west to Austin Boulevard. The northernmost portion, north of North Avenue, extends west to Harlem Avenue, abutting Elmwood Park. In addition to Elmwood Park, Austin also borders the suburbs of Cicero and Oak Park. (Source: Wikipedia)

Housing stock map

See the share of the area's total housing units that are in single family homes, condominiums, two-to-four unit buildings, buildings with five to 49 units, and buildings with 50 units or more.


The Composition of Cook County’s Housing Market >

Housing market indicators

All of these property level data sets are connected to parcel-level data files from the county Assessors offices that include data on every parcel in the Chicago metropolitan area. All of these parcel-level data sets include historical data and are updated on a regular basis ranging from every week to every year depending on the data set.

Housing Stock Composition

The composition of a neighborhood’s housing stock determines the appropriate targeted strategies for stabilizing local housing markets. Learn more about this data set.

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Housing Units by Property Type


Property Type 2019
Single Family 25.0%
Condominium 2.6%
Building with 2-4 Units 43.2%
Building with 5+ Units 29.1%


Property Sales Activity

This indicator provides information on how active local residential property markets are, what types of properties are being purchased, who is buying them, and how much buyers are paying for properties.

Total Sales Activity

This is the total number of property sales in a given year. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total sales activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 1,764 1,526 859 570 802 756 543 613 738 685 672 804 917 976 952
Single Family 820 718 366 272 339 355 241 294 333 356 312 407 461 445 465
Condominium 118 139 113 44 34 35 50 52 74 61 37 40 51 48 67
Building with 2-4 Units 747 613 340 228 404 336 231 231 267 228 282 311 350 447 376
Building with 5+ Units 79 56 40 26 25 30 21 36 64 40 41 46 55 36 44


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

This indicator allows users to compare the level of property sales activity across geographies. This data point represents the total number of sales on all residential parcels divided by the total number of residential parcels in a given year, multiplied by 100.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 9.5 8.3 4.6 3.1 4.3 4.1 2.9 3.3 4.0 3.8 3.7 4.5 5.1 5.4 5.3


Share of Sales, Business Buyers

This represents a range of investor types from small mom-and-pop investors to large Wall Street-traded equity funds. Heightened levels of single family homes purchased by business buyers is often indicative of a distressed and low priced inventory of homes, and low demand for owner-occupied housing in a neighborhood. In Cook County, this data point is available as the share of total sales activity where the buyer was a business entity by property type (single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units). Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 11.8% 10.7% 15.1% 22.6% 24.8% 25.5% 24.7% 22.7% 27.2% 21.9% 22.6% 25.1% 23.2% 23.1% 26.2%
Single Family 11.6% 10.9% 12.3% 17.6% 20.4% 21.7% 21.2% 18.7% 21.0% 14.3% 12.5% 17.9% 18.0% 17.5% 25.4%
Condominium 3.4% 7.2% 1.8% 15.9% 20.6% 14.3% 12.0% 13.5% 17.6% 24.6% 8.1% 22.5% 17.6% 12.5% 13.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 8.8% 8.8% 17.1% 22.8% 25.5% 26.2% 25.1% 20.3% 26.6% 24.6% 28.7% 27.7% 22.3% 25.5% 22.9%
Building with 5+ Units 55.7% 37.5% 62.5% 84.6% 80.0% 76.7% 90.5% 83.3% 73.4% 70.0% 70.7% 73.9% 78.2% 75.0% 81.8%


Share of Sales, Extremely Low Value

This represents the percent of sales that were purchased for less than $20,000 in a given year. In Cook County, this data point is available as the share of total sales activity that sold for less than $20,000 by property type (single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units). Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 0.5% 0.4% 0.3% 6.0% 19.1% 13.8% 12.2% 11.9% 10.3% 7.9% 4.2% 6.1% 2.2% 2.0% 1.4%
Single Family 0.9% 0.4% 0.5% 5.5% 21.5% 14.9% 12.4% 15.0% 10.8% 7.3% 3.5% 7.1% 2.4% 2.9% 1.9%
Condominium 0.8% 0.7% 0.9% 15.9% 35.3% 20.0% 16.0% 13.5% 9.5% 9.8% 8.1% 15.0% 3.9% 2.1% 3.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.1% 0.2% -- 5.3% 16.6% 13.1% 12.1% 9.5% 11.6% 9.6% 5.0% 3.9% 1.4% 1.3% 0.5%
Building with 5+ Units -- 1.8% -- -- 4.0% -- -- -- 3.1% -- -- 4.3% 3.6% -- --


Mortgage Activity

These data measure the flow of mortgage credit into an area and indicates the level of lender investment. The level of mortgage activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas can assess how access to credit has changed over time in a community and how the flow of credit differs across geographies and for different property types.

Total Mortgage Activity

This is the total number of mortgages in a given year. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total mortgage activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 6,998 6,785 4,655 2,256 1,520 1,089 877 1,129 1,202 967 996 1,170 1,302 1,283 1,473
Single Family 3,424 3,589 2,487 1,206 862 638 512 697 681 555 573 675 719 685 757
Condominium 299 277 225 82 53 33 32 59 60 34 46 34 53 55 68
Building with 2-4 Units 3,108 2,774 1,790 861 555 378 297 343 412 320 344 397 457 477 570
Building with 5+ Units 167 145 153 107 50 40 36 30 49 58 33 64 73 66 78


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Mortgages  per 100 Residential Parcel


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 37.9 36.7 25.2 12.2 8.2 5.9 4.7 6.1 6.6 5.3 5.5 6.5 7.2 7.1 8.2


Foreclosure Filing Activity

This is an indicator of distress in a local housing market and viewing changing levels of activity allows for an understanding of the evolving nature of the foreclosure crisis in a neighborhood.

Total Foreclosure Filings Activity

This is the total number of new foreclosure filings in a given year. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for foreclosure filing activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 564 711 963 1,090 913 870 741 873 491 379 389 359 337 327 266
Single Family 299 315 452 468 449 414 356 445 249 176 180 184 178 167 154
Condominium 19 35 34 61 50 68 57 50 34 24 9 8 9 17 4
Building with 2-4 Units 232 339 449 524 365 358 295 345 193 158 190 157 146 137 104
Building with 5+ Units 14 22 28 37 49 30 33 33 15 21 10 10 4 6 4


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

This indicator allows users to compare the level of foreclosure filing activity across geographies. This data point represents the total number of foreclosure filings on all residential parcels divided by the total number of residential parcels in a given year, multiplied by 100.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 3.1 3.8 5.2 5.9 4.9 4.7 4.0 4.7 2.7 2.1 2.2 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.5


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 37.6%


Foreclosure Auctions

These are properties that have completed the foreclosure process. Understanding foreclosure auction activity helps determine the flow of year-over-year of REO (real estate owned) properties into a market, how third-party demand at auctions differs based on property types, and the density of REO activity across geographies. The level of completed foreclosure auctions activity in a neighborhood indicates distress in a local housing market.

Total Auction Activity

This is the total number of completed foreclosure auctions in a given year. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total auction activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Outside of Cook County, data are for all residential parcels.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 122 162 329 523 483 382 236 260 365 313 250 217 204 171 140
Single Family 76 75 135 216 187 155 103 121 168 145 125 103 85 85 73
Condominium 8 8 15 25 34 26 17 26 36 32 18 8 7 4 7
Building with 2-4 Units 38 71 169 266 244 173 109 98 139 127 95 99 103 80 58
Building with 5+ Units -- 8 10 16 18 28 7 15 22 9 12 7 9 2 2


Share of Auctions Resulting in REO

This is the percent of completed foreclosure auctions in a given geography where there were no bidders and the property became bank-owned REO (real estate owned).


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 67.2% 86.4% 92.7% 99.4% 98.3% 95.0% 93.2% 97.7% 93.7% 95.5% 93.2% 87.6% 85.3% 76.6% 82.1%
Single Family 63.2% 81.3% 94.8% 99.5% 98.9% 95.5% 93.2% 97.5% 94.6% 95.2% 97.6% 91.3% 81.2% 84.7% 83.6%
Condominium 75.0% 87.5% 93.3% 100.0% 100.0% 96.2% 100.0% 100.0% 97.2% 90.6% 77.8% 87.5% 100.0% 50.0% 71.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 73.7% 91.5% 92.3% 99.6% 97.5% 95.4% 92.7% 96.9% 92.1% 96.9% 94.7% 83.8% 88.3% 70.0% 81.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- 87.5% 70.0% 93.8% 100.0% 89.3% 85.7% 100.0% 90.9% 100.0% 58.3% 85.7% 77.8% 50.0% 100.0%


REO per 100 Residential Parcels


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties 0.4 0.8 1.7 2.8 2.6 2.0 1.2 1.4 1.9 1.6 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.7 0.6


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 93,727
Share of Population Aged under 18 24.3%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 36.6%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 24.8%
Share of Population Aged over 65 14.3%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 5.6%
Share of Population that is African American 77.8%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 15.1%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.5%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.1%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 32,660
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 39.4%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 25.2%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 21.1%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 14.4%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 27.5%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 32,660


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 41.3%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 58.7%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 41.8%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 66.8%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 56.1%