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Chatham

Chatham is one of the 77 community areas of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the city's South Side. It includes the neighborhoods of Chatham-Avalon, Chatham Club, Chesterfield, East Chatham, West Chatham and the northern portion of West Chesterfield. Its residents are predominantly African American, and it is home to former Senator Roland Burris. Housing many city employees and other officials, Chatham has been a central area for Chicago's middle-class African Americans since the late 1950s. (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 2020
Single Family 31.5%
Condominium 2.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 20.7%
Building with 5+ Units 45.6%


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 534 585 398 248 260 264 225 282 311 305 317 378 445 377 413 374
Single Family 325 347 254 172 161 179 143 174 224 201 199 230 287 245 279 237
Condominium 47 56 38 17 7 17 13 11 17 11 5 16 17 15 11 19
Building with 2-4 Units 127 135 68 46 77 53 52 57 46 54 72 92 89 82 83 82
Building with 5+ Units 35 47 38 13 15 15 17 40 24 39 41 40 52 35 40 36


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 6.8 7.4 5.0 3.1 3.3 3.3 2.8 3.6 4.0 3.9 4.1 4.9 5.7 4.9 5.3 4.8


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 15.4% 19.8% 18.8% 22.6% 33.1% 29.5% 35.1% 47.2% 41.5% 40.3% 47.9% 43.9% 42.5% 45.1% 45.0% 34.8%
Single Family 14.5% 18.7% 13.4% 20.3% 29.2% 22.3% 30.1% 40.2% 39.3% 26.4% 38.7% 34.3% 33.1% 42.0% 38.4% 25.3%
Condominium 2.1% 10.7% -- 5.9% -- 58.8% 53.8% 36.4% 35.3% 54.5% 40.0% 31.3% 35.3% 60.0% 72.7% 73.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 11.8% 11.1% 17.6% 21.7% 36.4% 34.0% 28.8% 40.4% 37.0% 55.6% 50.0% 47.8% 42.7% 35.4% 42.2% 26.8%
Building with 5+ Units 54.3% 63.8% 76.3% 76.9% 73.3% 66.7% 82.4% 90.0% 75.0% 87.2% 90.2% 95.0% 96.2% 82.9% 90.0% 94.4%


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 1.7% 0.3% 0.5% 3.2% 13.8% 13.6% 13.8% 9.6% 14.1% 9.5% 6.6% 8.7% 4.3% 5.3% 3.9% 3.5%
Single Family 2.2% 0.3% 0.4% 2.9% 11.8% 7.8% 9.8% 8.6% 12.1% 8.5% 6.0% 8.3% 2.8% 4.1% 3.9% 3.4%
Condominium 2.1% -- 2.6% 17.6% 71.4% 82.4% 61.5% 72.7% 64.7% 54.5% 60.0% 50.0% 47.1% 40.0% 18.2% 21.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.8% 0.7% -- -- 15.6% 15.1% 17.3% 7.0% 13.0% 11.1% 8.3% 6.5% 3.4% 4.9% 3.6% 1.2%


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 1,923 2,042 1,530 816 510 411 358 370 481 398 425 482 534 445 555 551
Single Family 1,322 1,363 1,096 577 362 304 263 264 362 290 297 314 383 282 372 376
Condominium 71 112 75 21 7 4 4 3 6 4 4 4 3 5 3 4
Building with 2-4 Units 416 441 247 141 110 72 64 71 84 68 83 114 91 101 123 132
Building with 5+ Units 114 126 112 77 31 31 27 32 29 36 41 50 57 57 57 39


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 24.4 25.9 19.4 10.3 6.5 5.2 4.5 4.7 6.1 5.1 5.4 6.2 6.9 5.7 7.2 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 170 248 296 319 333 306 291 312 194 172 147 142 164 154 152 40
Single Family 112 174 194 194 205 203 192 209 120 126 104 111 124 112 110 26
Condominium 10 9 11 36 32 11 17 18 9 2 7 4 4 7 4 --
Building with 2-4 Units 46 57 87 74 65 75 63 68 40 29 32 20 29 28 31 10
Building with 5+ Units 2 8 4 15 31 17 19 17 25 15 4 7 7 7 7 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 2020
All Residential Properties 2.2 3.1 3.7 4.0 4.2 3.9 3.7 4.0 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.8 2.1 2.0 2.0 0.5


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 31.9%


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 45 61 94 137 149 134 91 101 149 108 102 98 82 85 72 12
Single Family 32 43 66 77 87 72 61 73 97 64 68 69 59 58 54 5
Condominium 2 3 3 11 19 15 7 6 14 6 4 4 -- 4 5 --
Building with 2-4 Units 11 14 25 48 38 34 19 17 23 20 23 21 18 20 12 5
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 -- 1 5 13 4 5 15 18 7 4 5 3 1 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 2020
All Residential Properties 80.0% 73.8% 91.5% 98.5% 98.7% 95.5% 95.6% 95.0% 94.6% 88.0% 91.2% 74.5% 84.1% 83.5% 84.7% 75.0%
Single Family 81.3% 72.1% 92.4% 100.0% 98.9% 97.2% 95.1% 95.9% 91.8% 84.4% 92.6% 73.9% 81.4% 82.8% 85.2% 80.0%
Condominium 100.0% 66.7% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 93.3% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 75.0% 75.0% -- 50.0% 100.0% --
Building with 2-4 Units 72.7% 85.7% 88.0% 95.8% 97.4% 94.1% 94.7% 88.2% 100.0% 95.0% 91.3% 85.7% 88.9% 90.0% 75.0% 60.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 92.3% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 85.7% 25.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%


REO per 100 Residential Parcels


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All Residential Properties 0.5 0.6 1.1 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.1 1.2 1.8 1.2 1.2 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 30,967
Share of Population Aged under 18 21.5%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 33.1%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 29.5%
Share of Population Aged over 65 15.9%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 1.9%
Share of Population that is African American 95.7%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 0.8%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.4%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.2%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 13,907
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 39.9%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 22.8%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 25.6%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 11.7%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 26.7%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 13,907


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 38.8%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 61.2%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 27.6%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 62.2%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 48.1%