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Douglas

Douglas, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 Chicago community areas. The neighborhood is named for Stephen A. Douglas, an Illinois politician, whose estate included a tract of land given to the federal government. This tract later was developed for use as the Civil War Union training and prison camp, Camp Douglas, located in what is now the eastern portion of the Douglas neighborhood. Douglas gave that part of his estate at Cottage Grove and 35th to the Old University of Chicago. The Chicago 2016 Olympic bid planned for the Olympic Village to be constructed on a 37-acre (150,000 m2) truck parking lot south of McCormick Place that is mostly in the Douglas community area and partly in the Near South Side.The Douglas community area stretches from 26th Street South to Pershing Road along the Lake Shore, including parts of the Green Line along State Street and the Metra Electric and Amtrak passenger railroad tracks, which run parallel to Lake Shore Drive. Burnham Park runs along its shoreline, containing 31st Street Beach. The community area also contains part of the neighborhood of Bronzeville, the historic center of African-American culture in the city since the early 20th century and the Great Migration. (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 6.6%
Condominium 19.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 5.7%
Building with 5+ Units 68.4%


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 185 234 198 89 86 95 72 127 111 102 125 114 134 130 157
Single Family 43 37 23 21 16 28 17 34 34 27 38 31 34 34 32
Condominium 116 171 164 59 58 59 43 73 68 57 73 65 87 76 103
Building with 2-4 Units 22 22 6 7 11 8 11 19 7 15 13 14 11 17 17
Building with 5+ Units 4 4 5 2 1 -- 1 1 2 3 1 4 2 3 5


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 4.8 6.1 5.1 2.3 2.2 2.5 1.9 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.9 3.6 4.2 4.0 4.9


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 9.2% 11.1% 3.0% 7.9% 12.8% 10.5% 25.0% 25.2% 11.7% 26.5% 15.2% 21.1% 13.4% 19.2% 17.8%
Single Family 16.3% 27.0% 4.3% 14.3% 12.5% 7.1% 29.4% 26.5% 20.6% 29.6% 23.7% 25.8% 14.7% 11.8% 15.6%
Condominium 3.4% 4.7% 1.2% -- 10.3% 10.2% 18.6% 19.2% 4.4% 14.0% 8.2% 9.2% 9.2% 13.2% 15.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 13.6% 18.2% -- 28.6% 18.2% 25.0% 45.5% 47.4% 14.3% 53.3% 23.1% 42.9% 27.3% 64.7% 11.8%
Building with 5+ Units 75.0% 100.0% 60.0% 100.0% 100.0% -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 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
All Residential Properties 0.5% -- 0.5% 2.2% 3.5% 7.4% 11.1% 3.1% 3.6% 2.9% -- 1.8% 1.5% 0.8% 0.6%
Single Family -- -- -- -- -- 3.6% 17.6% 2.9% 5.9% -- -- 6.5% -- -- --
Condominium -- -- 0.6% 3.4% 5.2% 10.2% 9.3% 4.1% 2.9% -- -- -- 2.3% 1.3% 1.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 4.5% -- -- -- -- -- 9.1% -- -- 20.0% -- -- -- -- --


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
All Residential Properties 660 704 561 247 230 173 134 182 205 113 162 171 181 173 224
Single Family 223 191 127 87 75 53 50 58 74 51 72 63 80 59 86
Condominium 337 416 359 133 113 96 58 99 109 34 69 66 75 88 96
Building with 2-4 Units 93 88 66 22 31 19 17 22 16 23 18 30 20 21 39
Building with 5+ Units 7 9 9 5 11 5 9 3 6 5 3 12 6 5 3


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 17.1 18.2 14.5 6.4 6.0 4.5 3.5 4.7 6.1 3.5 5.1 5.3 5.6 5.4 7.0


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 32 52 93 84 94 106 102 102 60 30 34 31 27 24 27
Single Family 14 14 28 23 25 29 31 22 13 9 7 14 5 12 9
Condominium 13 21 49 52 50 65 61 69 43 18 20 12 15 8 9
Building with 2-4 Units 4 12 15 9 17 12 8 11 3 2 6 5 7 4 6
Building with 5+ Units 1 5 1 -- 2 -- 2 -- 1 1 1 -- -- -- 3


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 0.8 1.3 2.4 2.2 2.4 2.7 2.6 2.6 1.8 0.9 1.1 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.8


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 21.3%


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 12 17 21 47 49 42 39 42 40 37 36 16 20 9 10
Single Family 2 5 5 13 10 10 5 10 7 6 6 2 5 3 2
Condominium 8 11 12 28 34 27 24 29 29 28 27 13 12 2 7
Building with 2-4 Units 2 1 2 6 5 4 10 3 4 2 3 1 3 4 1
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 83.3% 76.5% 100.0% 97.9% 100.0% 92.9% 89.7% 95.2% 92.5% 89.2% 83.3% 87.5% 70.0% 44.4% 70.0%
Single Family 100.0% 80.0% 100.0% 92.3% 100.0% 90.0% 80.0% 80.0% 85.7% 83.3% 83.3% 100.0% 80.0% 66.7% 50.0%
Condominium 87.5% 81.8% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 96.3% 100.0% 100.0% 96.6% 89.3% 88.9% 84.6% 66.7% 50.0% 85.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 50.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 75.0% 70.0% 100.0% 75.0% 100.0% 33.3% 100.0% 66.7% 25.0% --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 0.3 0.3 0.5 1.2 1.3 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.2


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 21,353
Share of Population Aged under 18 16.7%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 48.3%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 20.2%
Share of Population Aged over 65 14.8%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 11.4%
Share of Population that is African American 66.6%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 3.4%
Share of Population that is Asian 14.8%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 3.8%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,767
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 44.3%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 19.1%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 23.4%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 13.2%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 40.5%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,767


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 17.3%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 82.7%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 33.4%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 54.9%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 50.9%