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Evanston

Evanston () is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. It had a population of 74,486 as of 2010. It is one of the affluent North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is the home of Northwestern University. The boundaries of the city of Evanston are coterminous with those of the former Evanston Township, which was dissolved in 2014 by voters with its functions being absorbed by the city of Evanston. (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 32.4%
Condominium 26.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 10.9%
Building with 5+ Units 30.7%


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 1,706 1,612 1,315 867 714 868 787 904 1,113 1,068 1,172 1,197 1,202 1,106 1,049
Single Family 673 597 450 397 356 423 390 455 524 479 544 530 545 460 479
Condominium 872 881 777 417 296 360 331 366 502 496 516 566 567 553 501
Building with 2-4 Units 148 111 73 46 55 81 58 69 70 80 87 81 78 74 62
Building with 5+ Units 13 23 15 7 7 4 8 14 17 13 25 20 12 19 7


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 7.4 6.9 5.7 3.7 3.1 3.7 3.4 3.9 5.2 4.8 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.0 4.7


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 7.0% 8.4% 6.6% 8.7% 8.4% 14.3% 14.0% 11.1% 8.2% 8.7% 8.4% 8.1% 9.0% 14.6% 9.6%
Single Family 6.8% 6.2% 4.4% 7.6% 6.5% 11.3% 11.3% 8.1% 7.3% 6.9% 7.2% 7.4% 8.8% 8.7% 9.8%
Condominium 5.3% 8.2% 6.6% 8.2% 8.1% 12.2% 12.4% 7.9% 4.4% 5.4% 5.0% 3.9% 5.6% 14.5% 7.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 11.5% 8.1% 11.0% 10.9% 12.7% 34.6% 31.0% 31.9% 20.0% 27.5% 21.8% 25.9% 20.5% 31.1% 16.1%
Building with 5+ Units 76.9% 73.9% 53.3% 85.7% 85.7% 100.0% 87.5% 85.7% 100.0% 84.6% 60.0% 75.0% 100.0% 94.7% 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 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0.8% 0.1% 0.6% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Single Family -- 0.2% 0.4% -- 0.6% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.2%
Condominium 0.6% 0.5% 0.1% 0.2% 1.4% 0.3% 1.5% 0.8% 0.4% 1.0% 0.6% 0.2% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.7% 0.9% -- -- -- -- -- 1.4% -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 5,617 5,251 4,472 3,199 3,533 3,226 2,844 3,707 3,091 1,945 2,462 2,712 2,181 1,660 2,070
Single Family 3,149 2,901 2,419 1,889 2,341 2,204 1,960 2,512 1,859 1,173 1,605 1,734 1,326 1,015 1,355
Condominium 1,887 1,812 1,626 1,046 998 795 702 921 956 562 638 744 639 473 534
Building with 2-4 Units 541 485 373 219 163 200 152 226 226 175 176 174 173 125 153
Building with 5+ Units 40 53 54 45 31 27 30 48 50 35 43 60 43 47 28


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 24.2 22.6 19.3 13.8 15.2 13.9 12.3 16.0 14.5 8.7 11.1 12.2 9.8 7.5 9.4


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 103 142 202 289 330 408 279 296 178 124 106 92 87 76 77
Single Family 65 88 114 166 154 194 142 151 91 68 71 58 52 53 53
Condominium 23 23 43 69 108 143 88 104 58 41 24 26 25 13 17
Building with 2-4 Units 14 31 45 52 59 69 43 41 25 12 9 8 10 10 6
Building with 5+ Units 1 -- -- 2 9 2 6 -- 4 3 2 -- -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 0.4 0.6 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.8 1.2 1.3 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 10.0%


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
All Residential Properties 9 15 43 74 83 114 82 115 105 97 85 54 45 28 26
Single Family 2 5 14 38 40 59 30 41 46 49 37 29 20 13 18
Condominium 4 4 11 19 25 38 42 57 52 37 38 16 18 10 7
Building with 2-4 Units 3 6 18 17 18 16 10 15 6 9 10 8 7 5 1
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- 2 1 2 -- 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 55.6% 100.0% 95.3% 94.6% 96.4% 92.1% 90.2% 92.2% 93.3% 88.7% 89.4% 75.9% 75.6% 71.4% 69.2%
Single Family 100.0% 100.0% 92.9% 92.1% 100.0% 91.5% 80.0% 97.6% 93.5% 89.8% 91.9% 82.8% 80.0% 69.2% 66.7%
Condominium 50.0% 100.0% 90.9% 100.0% 88.0% 94.7% 100.0% 96.5% 94.2% 86.5% 92.1% 75.0% 66.7% 80.0% 71.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 33.3% 100.0% 100.0% 94.1% 100.0% 87.5% 80.0% 60.0% 100.0% 88.9% 70.0% 62.5% 85.7% 60.0% 100.0%
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 -- 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 74,587
Share of Population Aged under 18 20.2%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 40.4%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 23.8%
Share of Population Aged over 65 15.6%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 59.2%
Share of Population that is African American 15.9%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 11.7%
Share of Population that is Asian 9.4%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 3.9%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 28,352
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 17.6%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 16.1%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 24.8%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 41.5%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 13.3%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 28,352


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 55.7%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 44.3%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 25.9%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 52.9%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 37.5%