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Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is a designated community area on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. Lying to the west of Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest park, it is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Chicago. (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

Data on the housing stock provides context about the underlying characteristics of a neighborhood’s housing market and helps in the interpretation of patterns and trends in property sales, mortgage lending activity, foreclosure filings, and completed auctions activity. Understanding an area's housing stock can help determine the appropriate targeted strategies for stabilizing local housing markets, preserving and creating affordable rental housing, and promoting neighborhood investment.

Housing Units by Property Type

The share of total housing units in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in rental buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2018
Single Family 11.3%
Condominium 43.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 15.3%
Building with 5+ Units 30.2%


Property Sales Activity

Property sales data provide valuable information on the characteristics of neighborhood real estate markets, such as how active local residential property markets are, what types of properties are being purchased, how they are being acquired, who is buying them, and how much buyers are paying for properties.

Total Sales Activity

Total property sales activity in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, activity is broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2,641 2,087 2,046 1,287 950 1,054 960 1,387 1,762 1,732 1,730 1,934 1,859 1,849
Single Family 364 337 285 218 173 202 194 242 319 291 257 311 378 298
Condominium 2,113 1,616 1,635 971 731 759 677 1,020 1,283 1,266 1,264 1,455 1,319 1,438
Building with 2-4 Units 141 110 110 74 41 83 76 105 133 144 175 143 136 90
Building with 5+ Units 23 24 16 24 5 10 13 20 27 31 34 25 26 23


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel sales activity allows for comparison of yearly sales activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 10.6 8.4 8.2 5.2 3.8 4.2 3.9 5.6 7.9 7.7 7.6 8.4 8.1 8.1


Share of Sales, Business Buyers

The share of residential property sales that were purchased by self-identified businesses in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 9.4% 10.7% 9.2% 11.9% 9.4% 13.0% 13.5% 11.0% 12.7% 13.6% 12.7% 21.3% 15.7% 25.0%
Single Family 17.6% 13.9% 13.0% 9.2% 12.7% 13.9% 13.4% 9.9% 12.5% 13.1% 12.5% 13.5% 13.8% 10.7%
Condominium 6.7% 8.2% 6.1% 8.9% 6.6% 9.2% 9.0% 6.2% 7.4% 9.1% 7.5% 18.9% 12.5% 25.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 21.3% 28.2% 40.0% 44.6% 34.1% 37.3% 40.8% 49.5% 49.6% 41.0% 41.1% 51.7% 41.9% 58.9%
Building with 5+ Units 56.5% 54.2% 56.3% 58.3% 100.0% 80.0% 92.3% 70.0% 81.5% 77.4% 61.8% 84.0% 65.4% 43.5%


Share of Sales, Extremely Low Value

The share of residential property sales that were purchased for less than $20,000 in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Condominium 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 0.7% 0.5% 0.1% 0.5% 0.5% 0.2% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.7% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


Mortgage Activity

Mortgage activity data measures the flow of mortgage credit into an area and is indicative of the level of lender investment. The level of mortgage activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas can be used to 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 within a geography.

Total Mortgage Activity

Total mortgage recordings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total mortgage activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 5,880 5,261 5,282 4,258 4,435 3,929 3,525 4,482 3,968 2,726 3,202 3,576 2,703 2,051
Single Family 1,086 1,091 989 938 1,048 1,003 928 1,075 930 619 744 912 729 487
Condominium 4,155 3,582 3,752 2,884 3,092 2,552 2,207 2,930 2,558 1,750 2,004 2,226 1,652 1,307
Building with 2-4 Units 565 503 469 349 266 321 297 405 407 284 387 349 265 193
Building with 5+ Units 74 85 72 87 29 53 93 72 73 73 67 89 57 64


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel mortgage activity allows for comparison of yearly mortgage activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 23.6 21.1 21.2 17.1 17.8 15.8 14.1 18.0 17.7 12.0 14.1 15.6 11.8 9.0


Foreclosure Filing Activity

Foreclosure filings data can be used to understand the number and density of foreclosure filings activity in different communities and to assess the cumulative impact of the foreclosure crisis on properties and housing units. The level of foreclosure filing activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market.

Total Foreclosure Filings Activity

Total foreclosure filings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total foreclosure filing activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 42 63 105 107 217 245 196 172 95 48 46 46 47 55
Single Family 9 13 21 13 55 31 46 33 18 11 13 8 14 12
Condominium 30 41 65 81 126 167 121 120 65 24 29 34 26 34
Building with 2-4 Units 3 8 17 11 35 44 25 15 11 9 4 4 7 9
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 2 2 1 3 4 4 1 4 -- -- -- --


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel filings activity allows for comparison of yearly filings activity across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.9 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2


Foreclosure Auctions

Completed foreclosure auctions data can be used to understand the flow year-over-year of REO properties into a market, how third-party demand at auction is different for different property types, and to understand the density of REO activity in a given year across geographies. The level of completed foreclosure auctions activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market and is related to high levels of foreclosure-related distressed property sales.

Total Auction Activity

Total foreclosure auction activity in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for total foreclosure auction activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 6 7 16 29 30 68 59 68 68 41 43 21 7 11
Single Family 1 1 5 2 5 9 5 5 13 8 6 5 1 1
Condominium 4 6 10 17 22 48 48 55 51 27 29 13 5 8
Building with 2-4 Units 1 -- 1 9 3 10 4 8 4 6 8 3 1 2
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 1 -- 1 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --


Share of Auctions Resulting in REO

The share of foreclosure auctions resulting in REO in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for REO activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 50.0% 100.0% 81.3% 93.1% 93.3% 91.2% 94.9% 77.9% 77.9% 87.8% 69.8% 71.4% 71.4% 54.5%
Single Family -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 61.5% 87.5% 83.3% 60.0% 100.0% --
Condominium 50.0% 100.0% 70.0% 88.2% 90.9% 89.6% 97.9% 74.5% 82.4% 88.9% 69.0% 76.9% 60.0% 62.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 90.0% 75.0% 87.5% 75.0% 83.3% 62.5% 66.7% 100.0% 50.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% -- 100.0% 50.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- --