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Near West Side

The Near West Side, one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, is on the West Side, west of the Chicago River and adjacent to the Loop. The history of the Near West Side of Chicago includes the founding of Hull House, a prominent settlement house. The Great Chicago Fire started on the Near West Side. The area is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago-Kent College of Law, Stuart School of Business, the United Center and the Illinois Medical District. (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 2020
Single Family 6.2%
Condominium 47.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 10.6%
Building with 5+ Units 36.2%


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 2,279 2,977 2,306 1,315 1,079 916 810 1,018 1,341 1,213 1,298 1,301 1,400 1,254 1,246 1,050
Single Family 124 213 185 107 93 84 70 87 102 84 122 122 135 143 128 106
Condominium 2,060 2,691 2,076 1,180 942 775 705 866 1,164 1,057 1,095 1,105 1,175 1,041 1,058 883
Building with 2-4 Units 81 67 41 22 40 52 29 58 70 55 71 62 60 52 44 50
Building with 5+ Units 14 6 4 6 4 5 6 7 5 17 10 12 30 18 16 11


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 8.3 10.9 8.4 4.8 3.9 3.3 3.0 3.7 7.0 6.5 7.3 7.3 7.8 7.0 6.9 5.8


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 6.5% 5.4% 4.6% 7.9% 6.8% 8.4% 9.8% 10.6% 9.4% 8.1% 8.4% 8.0% 8.7% 7.0% 7.1% 7.0%
Single Family 3.2% 8.5% 6.5% 10.3% 6.5% 10.7% 4.3% 8.0% 10.8% 2.4% 12.3% 9.8% 7.4% 5.6% 14.8% 11.3%
Condominium 5.8% 4.7% 3.9% 7.0% 5.1% 5.4% 8.5% 8.0% 7.6% 6.5% 5.0% 4.8% 6.4% 4.7% 4.3% 4.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 19.8% 19.4% 24.4% 27.3% 40.0% 42.3% 34.5% 44.8% 32.9% 32.7% 40.8% 46.8% 40.0% 42.3% 27.3% 34.0%
Building with 5+ Units 57.1% 50.0% 75.0% 66.7% 75.0% 80.0% 100.0% 85.7% 80.0% 52.9% 100.0% 83.3% 43.3% 50.0% 68.8% 72.7%


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 2.5% 1.5% 0.7% 2.0% 1.8% 2.5% 3.8% 1.8% 0.7% 0.2% -- -- -- 0.2% 0.3% 0.1%
Single Family 0.8% 0.9% -- 0.9% -- -- -- 1.1% 2.9% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Condominium 2.7% 1.6% 0.7% 2.1% 1.9% 3.0% 4.4% 2.0% 0.6% 0.2% -- -- -- 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- 2.5% -- -- -- -- 1.8% -- -- -- -- 4.5% --


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 5,078 6,351 5,444 3,487 3,254 2,666 2,281 2,937 2,776 2,017 2,372 2,679 2,192 1,726 2,222 3,305
Single Family 503 614 580 452 399 356 333 384 281 213 246 302 269 231 252 431
Condominium 4,199 5,420 4,582 2,867 2,746 2,178 1,839 2,396 2,328 1,659 1,925 2,190 1,753 1,351 1,816 2,706
Building with 2-4 Units 333 281 243 139 95 115 93 125 138 111 163 149 128 109 120 143
Building with 5+ Units 43 36 39 29 14 17 16 32 29 34 38 38 42 35 34 25


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 18.6 23.2 19.9 12.7 11.9 9.7 8.3 10.7 14.5 10.9 13.3 15.0 12.2 9.6 12.3 18.1


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 84 111 198 271 327 463 388 347 175 90 68 45 53 50 57 15
Single Family 25 25 43 49 43 49 30 29 13 13 12 8 3 6 6 --
Condominium 46 69 129 181 247 370 316 276 141 65 47 36 40 39 45 14
Building with 2-4 Units 11 15 24 38 31 42 38 35 18 11 5 -- 10 3 4 1
Building with 5+ Units 2 2 2 3 6 2 4 7 3 1 4 1 -- 2 2 --


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 0.3 0.4 0.7 1.0 1.2 1.7 1.4 1.3 0.9 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 12.6%


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 15 19 50 85 109 149 153 142 171 87 55 34 31 19 8 3
Single Family 3 6 13 15 16 20 20 10 12 3 6 7 5 3 3 --
Condominium 12 11 30 56 72 117 122 124 150 71 40 23 21 14 5 3
Building with 2-4 Units -- 2 7 14 20 12 10 8 9 12 9 4 4 2 -- --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 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 80.0% 84.2% 96.0% 92.9% 97.2% 93.3% 97.4% 89.4% 87.7% 88.5% 72.7% 64.7% 61.3% 68.4% 75.0% 33.3%
Single Family 100.0% 66.7% 100.0% 86.7% 100.0% 90.0% 100.0% 80.0% 91.7% 66.7% 50.0% 71.4% 80.0% 100.0% 66.7% --
Condominium 75.0% 100.0% 100.0% 94.6% 98.6% 95.7% 96.7% 91.1% 87.3% 91.5% 75.0% 69.6% 61.9% 71.4% 80.0% 33.3%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 50.0% 71.4% 92.9% 90.0% 75.0% 100.0% 75.0% 88.9% 83.3% 77.8% 25.0% 50.0% -- -- --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 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 -- 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 -- --


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 63,170
Share of Population Aged under 18 15.0%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 61.1%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 16.7%
Share of Population Aged over 65 7.3%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 43.2%
Share of Population that is African American 26.7%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 9.2%
Share of Population that is Asian 17.8%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 3.0%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 28,614
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 22.4%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 10.1%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 21.2%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 46.4%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 21.4%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 28,614


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 36.1%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 63.9%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 23.6%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 43.4%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 35.9%