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Lower West Side

Lower West Side is a community area on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is three miles southwest of the Chicago Loop and its main neighborhood is Pilsen. The Heart of Chicago is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of the Lower West Side. (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 7.2%
Condominium 3.6%
Building with 2-4 Units 63.6%
Building with 5+ Units 25.7%


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 228 270 213 116 115 99 113 131 188 210 197 233 261 227
Single Family 39 51 28 16 16 26 23 28 27 30 33 34 52 48
Condominium 31 91 93 47 29 17 19 25 43 34 29 40 48 40
Building with 2-4 Units 141 114 83 44 66 50 59 70 107 123 116 135 138 124
Building with 5+ Units 17 14 9 9 4 6 12 8 11 23 19 24 23 15


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 4.5 5.3 4.2 2.3 2.3 1.9 2.2 2.6 3.8 4.2 3.9 4.7 5.2 4.5


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 13.2% 11.9% 8.9% 15.5% 19.1% 17.2% 16.8% 21.4% 25.5% 33.8% 38.1% 36.1% 39.1% 32.6%
Single Family 20.5% 9.8% 3.6% 6.3% -- 23.1% 4.3% 10.7% 25.9% 16.7% 24.2% 20.6% 32.7% 20.8%
Condominium 16.1% 13.2% 8.6% 6.4% 6.9% 5.9% -- 8.0% 7.0% 5.9% 6.9% 10.0% 2.1% 5.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 9.2% 10.5% 9.6% 22.7% 28.8% 12.0% 18.6% 28.6% 25.2% 39.8% 44.0% 40.0% 44.9% 37.9%
Building with 5+ Units 23.5% 21.4% 22.2% 44.4% 25.0% 66.7% 58.3% 37.5% 100.0% 65.2% 73.7% 79.2% 95.7% 100.0%


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
All Residential Properties 1.3% 0.4% 0.5% -- -- 1.0% 0.9% -- 0.5% -- -- 1.3% -- 0.4%
Single Family -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.7% -- -- -- -- --
Condominium 6.5% -- 1.1% -- -- 5.9% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.7% 0.9% -- -- -- -- 1.7% -- -- -- -- 2.2% -- --


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 1,097 1,085 908 529 288 223 200 279 300 324 334 412 504 414
Single Family 232 231 182 105 70 50 39 64 49 59 52 71 110 81
Condominium 85 185 184 97 50 44 34 52 67 47 49 67 73 47
Building with 2-4 Units 718 613 496 280 150 114 111 136 162 179 187 222 263 247
Building with 5+ Units 62 56 46 47 18 15 16 27 22 39 46 52 58 39


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 21.6 21.3 17.9 10.4 5.7 4.4 3.9 5.5 6.0 6.5 6.7 8.3 10.0 8.2


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 34 52 71 124 141 153 142 118 76 47 35 32 39 19
Single Family 10 11 12 15 28 31 27 20 13 10 8 6 11 4
Condominium -- 1 3 4 11 26 10 20 11 6 2 4 2 1
Building with 2-4 Units 24 39 52 95 93 85 96 76 40 25 22 22 23 13
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 4 10 9 11 9 2 12 6 3 -- 3 1


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 0.7 1.0 1.4 2.4 2.8 3.0 2.8 2.3 1.5 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.4


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 1 6 17 27 52 38 30 48 55 35 31 16 14 11
Single Family -- 2 2 4 7 8 4 7 8 6 7 5 3 5
Condominium -- -- -- -- 4 4 3 6 8 6 5 2 1 2
Building with 2-4 Units 1 4 14 22 39 23 19 30 38 20 16 8 8 4
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 1 1 2 3 4 5 1 3 3 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 100.0% 50.0% 82.4% 100.0% 94.2% 100.0% 93.3% 83.3% 83.6% 82.9% 51.6% 68.8% 64.3% 63.6%
Single Family -- 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 75.0% 85.7% 75.0% 100.0% 42.9% 80.0% 33.3% 80.0%
Condominium -- -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 83.3% 75.0% 83.3% 80.0% 50.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 100.0% 50.0% 85.7% 100.0% 92.3% 100.0% 94.7% 80.0% 86.8% 75.0% 43.8% 75.0% 62.5% 25.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 66.7% -- 100.0% --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels

Per-parcel REO allows for comparison of properties entering REO status across geographies.


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties -- 0.1 0.3 0.5 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1