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Norwood Park

Norwood Park is one of the 77 Chicago community areas. It encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Big Oaks, Norwood Park East, Norwood Park West, Old Norwood Park, Oriole Park, and Union Ridge. The community area contains the oldest extant building in Chicago, the Noble–Seymour–Crippen House, built in 1833 and greatly expanded in 1868. Organized in 1873 as a township from the adjacent townships of Jefferson, Leyden, Niles, and Maine, and named after Henry Ward Beecher's 1868 novel Norwood, or Village Life in New England (With the "Park" added to account for another post office in Illinois with the Norwood name), Norwood Park was incorporated as a village in 1874 and annexed to Chicago on November 7, 1893.Every Memorial Day since 1922 there has been a parade that runs through Norwood Park. William Howard Taft High School, best known as the inspiration for the musical Grease, was completed in 1939 with major additions made in 1959 and 1974. (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 71.8%
Condominium 7.9%
Building with 2-4 Units 11.4%
Building with 5+ Units 9.0%


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 707 605 455 321 360 330 360 451 570 543 548 585 659 579 584 624
Single Family 531 439 344 254 305 277 294 357 445 442 447 499 535 467 469 518
Condominium 137 138 86 58 37 34 52 69 94 73 68 59 83 74 75 68
Building with 2-4 Units 35 23 23 7 15 17 12 20 28 22 29 27 38 37 32 37
Building with 5+ Units 4 5 2 2 3 2 2 5 3 6 4 -- 3 1 8 1


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 5.3 4.5 3.4 2.4 2.7 2.5 2.7 3.4 4.3 4.1 4.1 4.4 4.9 4.3 4.4 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 2020
All Residential Properties 5.9% 4.5% 4.8% 4.7% 3.6% 5.8% 8.3% 8.0% 11.1% 6.1% 7.3% 6.3% 8.8% 7.3% 8.2% 4.6%
Single Family 4.7% 3.9% 3.2% 4.3% 2.6% 5.4% 7.8% 7.8% 11.2% 4.5% 6.3% 6.2% 8.2% 6.6% 6.6% 5.0%
Condominium 5.8% 2.9% 5.8% 1.7% -- 2.9% 5.8% 4.3% 8.5% 8.2% 5.9% 3.4% 7.2% 8.1% 8.0% 2.9%
Building with 2-4 Units 17.1% 17.4% 17.4% 14.3% 20.0% 11.8% 16.7% 20.0% 10.7% 9.1% 13.8% 14.8% 15.8% 10.8% 12.5% 2.7%
Building with 5+ Units 75.0% 40.0% 100.0% 100.0% 66.7% 50.0% 100.0% 20.0% 66.7% 83.3% 100.0% -- 66.7% 100.0% 87.5% --


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
Condominium -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.2% 1.4% -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 2.9% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 5+ Units 25.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 3,181 2,952 2,458 1,609 1,870 1,614 1,421 1,790 1,595 1,153 1,430 1,615 1,347 1,054 1,445 2,244
Single Family 2,739 2,518 2,104 1,404 1,736 1,485 1,298 1,618 1,393 1,004 1,277 1,484 1,182 916 1,276 2,028
Condominium 299 315 241 141 82 69 71 107 120 87 84 82 92 86 95 115
Building with 2-4 Units 129 103 101 56 44 53 48 57 73 47 63 48 64 46 63 96
Building with 5+ Units 14 16 12 8 8 7 4 8 9 15 6 1 9 6 11 5


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 23.7 22.0 18.3 12.0 13.9 12.0 10.6 13.3 11.9 8.6 10.7 12.1 10.1 7.9 10.8 16.8


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 40 57 102 174 209 242 230 185 121 59 42 52 54 51 50 16
Single Family 38 49 84 141 162 180 172 143 92 47 36 42 44 43 40 11
Condominium -- 5 14 22 38 53 42 34 22 10 5 7 6 4 4 2
Building with 2-4 Units 2 3 4 9 8 8 15 8 7 2 1 3 4 4 6 2
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 2 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.3 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.4 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.1


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 10.2%


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 4 6 22 39 56 64 63 74 100 52 36 20 30 19 20 6
Single Family 3 5 17 32 43 46 36 47 68 35 23 18 26 15 15 6
Condominium 1 -- 4 6 11 16 23 24 30 17 10 1 4 2 4 --
Building with 2-4 Units -- 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 2 -- 2 1 -- 2 1 --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- 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 100.0% 83.3% 95.5% 97.4% 98.2% 89.1% 100.0% 86.5% 82.0% 88.5% 91.7% 90.0% 60.0% 68.4% 80.0% 83.3%
Single Family 100.0% 80.0% 94.1% 96.9% 97.7% 87.0% 100.0% 91.5% 80.9% 85.7% 95.7% 94.4% 61.5% 73.3% 86.7% 83.3%
Condominium 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 93.8% 100.0% 79.2% 86.7% 94.1% 90.0% 100.0% 50.0% 50.0% 50.0% --
Building with 2-4 Units -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 66.7% 50.0% -- 50.0% -- -- 50.0% 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 2020
All Residential Properties -- -- 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 --


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 37,924
Share of Population Aged under 18 19.7%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 32.8%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 28.2%
Share of Population Aged over 65 19.4%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 77.2%
Share of Population that is African American 0.8%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 15.1%
Share of Population that is Asian 4.3%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 2.6%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 15,020
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 15.0%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 14.2%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 28.6%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 42.2%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 6.9%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 15,020


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 74.5%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 25.5%


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 46.1%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 29.0%