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Burnside

Burnside is one of the 77 semi-official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, and is located on the city's far south side. This area is also called by locals, "The Triangle", as it is bordered by railroad tracks on every side; the Illinois Central on the west, the Rock Island on the south and the Nickel Plate Railroad (now Norfolk-Southern) on the east. Originally considered part of Roseland and the Chatham communities, it was distinguished as one of the 77 Chicago community areas when the University of Chicago established its sociological map of Chicago communities. The area was mostly undeveloped swamp land north of Lake Calumet until after the American Civil War. The Illinois Central Railroad (ICRR) built the Burnside Station at 95th street and named it after Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War general and official of the ICRR. By the 1890s, the ICRR began construction of a roundhouse and repair shop at 95th and South Park Boulevard on what is now the site of Chicago State University. Developer W. V. Jacobs purchased the land in the triangle and began building residential homes. The area was settled by predominantly Hungarian, Polish, Italian and Ukrainian immigrants. Factory jobs were plentiful at the nearby Burnside Shops as well as Pullman Company, Burnside Steel Mill and other nearby factories. Following World War II, the area's population makeup included a growing number of African-Americans. This was one of several transformations that this working-class neighborhood would undergo. Burnside's fortunes began to change in the 1960s when industry patterns lead to economic decline. Nearby steel mills were shuttered. The Pullman Company scaled back production and eventually closed for good in 1981. Skyrocketing crime rates, gang violence and urban decay forced longtime residents and businesses to move away, a phenomenon referred to as white flight.As of 2015, all 2,601 residents of the neighborhood are black, making it the only community area of Chicago entirely populated by one race. (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

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Housing Stock Composition

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Housing Units by Property Type


Property Type 2020
Single Family 69.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 27.9%
Building with 5+ Units 2.9%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 95 92 50 37 48 41 24 24 35 40 39 45 40 51 45 41
Single Family 76 74 41 33 38 34 18 18 31 32 32 41 35 45 38 32
Building with 2-4 Units 19 18 9 3 10 7 6 6 4 8 7 4 4 5 6 8
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 1 1


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 2020
All Residential Properties 11.2 10.8 5.9 4.3 5.6 4.8 2.8 2.8 4.1 4.8 4.6 5.4 4.8 6.1 5.4 5.0


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 2020
All Residential Properties 25.3% 19.6% 12.0% 21.6% 29.2% 31.7% 50.0% 37.5% 57.1% 52.5% 41.0% 40.0% 47.5% 41.2% 37.8% 26.8%
Single Family 22.4% 21.6% 12.2% 21.2% 34.2% 29.4% 55.6% 33.3% 61.3% 46.9% 43.8% 36.6% 48.6% 42.2% 34.2% 25.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 36.8% 11.1% 11.1% 33.3% 10.0% 42.9% 33.3% 50.0% 25.0% 75.0% 28.6% 75.0% 25.0% 20.0% 50.0% 25.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 1.1% -- -- 21.6% 39.6% 31.7% 45.8% 29.2% 42.9% 37.5% 30.8% 33.3% 12.5% 9.8% 6.7% 9.8%
Single Family 1.3% -- -- 12.1% 36.8% 26.5% 38.9% 27.8% 38.7% 31.3% 25.0% 29.3% 11.4% 8.9% 7.9% 9.4%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- 100.0% 50.0% 57.1% 66.7% 33.3% 75.0% 62.5% 57.1% 75.0% 25.0% 20.0% -- 12.5%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 2020
All Residential Properties 253 275 207 65 49 36 26 24 29 34 29 52 36 56 53 59
Single Family 206 228 179 63 42 33 26 20 29 32 27 44 33 49 48 45
Building with 2-4 Units 46 46 27 2 7 3 -- 4 -- 2 2 8 3 6 5 13
Building with 5+ Units 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- 1


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 2020
All Residential Properties 29.7 32.3 24.3 7.6 5.8 4.2 3.1 2.8 3.4 4.0 3.5 6.2 4.3 6.7 6.4 7.1


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 2020
All Residential Properties 38 33 57 65 45 41 30 46 27 19 14 19 19 7 14 3
Single Family 34 27 43 48 36 34 28 38 27 16 13 17 16 5 11 3
Building with 2-4 Units 4 6 13 17 9 7 2 8 -- 3 1 2 3 2 3 --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 2020
All Residential Properties 4.5 3.9 6.7 7.6 5.3 4.8 3.5 5.4 3.2 2.3 1.7 2.3 2.3 0.8 1.7 0.4


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 43.0%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 9 16 17 32 28 14 12 19 23 18 21 10 17 12 6 --
Single Family 7 15 12 25 19 9 12 16 19 16 19 10 16 8 5 --
Building with 2-4 Units 2 1 5 6 9 5 -- 3 4 2 2 -- 1 4 1 --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 2020
All Residential Properties 77.8% 62.5% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 85.7% 91.7% 100.0% 95.7% 94.4% 95.2% 90.0% 94.1% 83.3% 66.7% --
Single Family 85.7% 60.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 91.7% 100.0% 94.7% 100.0% 94.7% 90.0% 93.8% 75.0% 60.0% --
Building with 2-4 Units 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 80.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All Residential Properties 0.8 1.2 2.0 3.8 3.3 1.4 1.3 2.2 2.6 2.0 2.4 1.1 1.9 1.2 0.5 --


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 2,006
Share of Population Aged under 18 13.3%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 35.9%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 24.3%
Share of Population Aged over 65 26.5%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 0.5%
Share of Population that is African American 96.3%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 1.9%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.0%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.3%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 888
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 46.4%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 26.2%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 15.9%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 11.5%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 15.7%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 888


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 48.8%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 51.2%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 24.9%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 78.3%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 52.2%