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Kenwood

Kenwood, one of Chicago's 77 community areas, is on the shore of Lake Michigan on the South Side of the city. Its boundaries are 43rd Street, 51st Street, Cottage Grove Avenue, and the lake. Kenwood was originally part of Hyde Park Township, which was annexed to the city of Chicago in 1889. Kenwood was once one of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods, and it still has some of the largest single-family homes in the city. It contains two Chicago Landmark districts, Kenwood and North Kenwood. A large part of the southern half of the community area is in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District. In recent years, Kenwood has received national attention as the home of U.S. President Barack Obama. (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

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 13.0%
Condominium 28.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 3.8%
Building with 5+ Units 55.0%


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 319 261 293 143 131 144 117 153 206 170 182 211 226 222 188 172
Single Family 95 69 72 46 28 58 31 48 41 38 43 43 48 60 68 47
Condominium 207 178 204 89 88 71 77 94 151 121 130 156 162 154 107 113
Building with 2-4 Units 12 10 11 8 14 9 7 8 8 7 7 6 9 7 9 5
Building with 5+ Units 5 4 6 -- 1 6 2 3 6 4 2 6 7 1 4 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 2020
All Residential Properties 8.1 6.6 7.4 3.6 3.3 3.7 3.0 3.9 5.7 4.6 4.8 5.6 6.0 5.9 5.0 4.6


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 13.8% 8.8% 8.9% 10.5% 11.5% 21.5% 13.7% 21.6% 21.4% 15.9% 14.8% 14.7% 27.4% 17.1% 11.2% 10.5%
Single Family 16.8% 17.4% 13.9% 15.2% 14.3% 22.4% 22.6% 12.5% 22.0% 15.8% 14.0% 11.6% 18.8% 21.7% 14.7% 8.5%
Condominium 11.1% 3.9% 3.9% 6.7% 6.8% 12.7% 9.1% 23.4% 17.9% 12.4% 12.3% 10.3% 25.9% 13.6% 2.8% 4.4%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 10.0% 18.2% 25.0% 28.6% 33.3% -- 25.0% 25.0% 28.6% 42.9% 66.7% 44.4% 42.9% 44.4% 40.0%
Building with 5+ Units 100.0% 75.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 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 2020
All Residential Properties 1.3% -- -- 1.4% 3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 2.0% 2.9% 1.2% 3.3% 1.9% 0.9% 2.3% 1.1% 0.6%
Single Family 2.1% -- -- -- 3.6% 6.9% 6.5% 2.1% 2.4% 2.6% 2.3% -- 2.1% 8.3% 2.9% --
Condominium 1.0% -- -- 2.2% 2.3% 1.4% 2.6% 2.1% 3.3% 0.8% 3.8% 2.6% 0.6% -- -- 0.9%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- 7.1% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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 953 873 827 425 438 318 315 369 405 267 311 381 320 308 323 471
Single Family 352 292 255 154 187 149 154 155 145 89 109 146 108 108 138 192
Condominium 517 532 513 242 222 145 134 179 227 154 171 201 177 174 160 252
Building with 2-4 Units 70 36 40 14 21 19 17 23 20 11 18 19 16 10 15 21
Building with 5+ Units 14 13 19 15 8 5 10 12 13 13 13 15 19 16 10 6


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 24.2 22.1 21.0 10.8 11.1 8.1 8.0 9.4 11.1 7.3 8.3 10.1 8.5 8.2 8.6 12.6


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 68 84 117 132 90 116 98 113 75 47 35 35 42 31 30 10
Single Family 23 33 28 35 30 26 24 32 16 7 11 9 18 10 11 7
Condominium 32 34 77 80 52 80 70 72 54 34 22 24 20 15 19 3
Building with 2-4 Units 12 11 11 15 6 9 4 7 4 4 2 2 4 5 -- --
Building with 5+ Units 1 6 1 2 2 1 -- 2 1 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 2020
All Residential Properties 1.7 2.1 3.0 3.3 2.3 2.9 2.5 2.9 2.1 1.3 0.9 0.9 1.1 0.8 0.8 0.3


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 21.7%


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 18 15 37 48 54 39 38 50 48 39 38 29 21 22 5 2
Single Family 7 4 9 10 8 12 7 8 9 11 3 10 5 5 -- --
Condominium 10 7 21 31 39 26 24 41 39 26 34 17 14 16 4 2
Building with 2-4 Units -- 4 7 7 6 1 6 -- -- 2 1 1 1 1 1 --
Building with 5+ Units 1 -- -- -- 1 -- 1 1 -- -- -- 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 2020
All Residential Properties 66.7% 86.7% 91.9% 97.9% 98.1% 94.9% 97.4% 98.0% 91.7% 82.1% 86.8% 89.7% 66.7% 68.2% 100.0% 100.0%
Single Family 42.9% 100.0% 88.9% 100.0% 100.0% 91.7% 100.0% 100.0% 77.8% 81.8% 100.0% 90.0% 60.0% 80.0% -- --
Condominium 80.0% 71.4% 95.2% 100.0% 100.0% 96.2% 100.0% 97.6% 94.9% 84.6% 85.3% 94.1% 71.4% 62.5% 100.0% 100.0%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 100.0% 85.7% 85.7% 83.3% 100.0% 83.3% -- -- 50.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% --
Building with 5+ Units 100.0% -- -- -- 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 0.3 0.3 0.9 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 17,954
Share of Population Aged under 18 18.7%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 40.3%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 24.1%
Share of Population Aged over 65 16.9%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 19.0%
Share of Population that is African American 67.4%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 2.4%
Share of Population that is Asian 6.9%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 4.2%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,571
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 33.4%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 17.2%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 22.8%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 26.6%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 21.0%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,571


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 34.6%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 65.4%


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 56.7%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 45.5%