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Skokie

Skokie (; formerly Niles Center) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, neighboring the City of Chicago’s northern border. Skokie lies approximately 15 miles north of Chicago's downtown loop. Its name comes from a Potawatomi word for "marsh." For many years Skokie promoted itself as "The World's Largest Village." Its population, according to the 2010 census, was 64,784. Skokie's streets, like that of many suburbs, are largely a continuation of the Chicago street grid, and the village is served by the Chicago Transit Authority, further cementing its connection to the city. Skokie was originally a German-Luxembourger farming community, but was later settled by a sizeable Jewish population, especially after World War II. At its peak in the mid-1960s, 58% of the population was Jewish, the largest percentage of any Chicago suburb. In recent years, several synagogues and Jewish schools have closed. However, Skokie still has a very large Jewish population and an active Chabad. It is home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which opened in northwest Skokie in 2009. Skokie has received national attention twice for court cases decided by the United States Supreme Court. In the mid-1970s, it was at the center of National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie, in which a neo-Nazi group, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, invoked the First Amendment in an attempt to schedule a neo-Nazi rally in Skokie. At the time, Skokie had a significant population of Holocaust survivors. Skokie ultimately lost that case, though the rally was never held. In 2001, although Skokie was not a direct party to the case, a decision by the village regarding land use led the court to reduce the power of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: Wikipedia)

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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 >

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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 2019
Single Family 59.0%
Condominium 19.3%
Building with 2-4 Units 11.6%
Building with 5+ Units 10.1%


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
All Residential Properties 1,412 1,304 991 585 561 634 680 909 1,037 988 995 1,060 1,029 960 966
Single Family 834 659 515 372 426 429 434 570 679 661 660 741 687 641 679
Condominium 507 596 450 184 114 160 213 277 304 275 277 261 281 263 244
Building with 2-4 Units 63 49 26 25 19 41 28 59 48 45 55 57 55 49 43
Building with 5+ Units 8 -- -- 4 2 4 5 3 6 7 3 1 6 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
All Residential Properties 5.5 5.1 3.9 2.3 2.2 2.5 2.7 3.6 4.3 4.0 4.1 4.4 4.3 4.0 4.0


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
All Residential Properties 5.0% 5.4% 5.4% 8.4% 5.9% 8.7% 11.2% 7.8% 11.4% 9.4% 8.5% 8.6% 8.0% 11.0% 6.2%
Single Family 4.8% 4.6% 4.7% 7.8% 4.5% 6.3% 8.8% 8.8% 13.8% 10.1% 8.3% 8.2% 7.9% 11.2% 7.5%
Condominium 4.5% 6.4% 6.0% 4.9% 7.0% 10.0% 13.6% 5.8% 5.6% 5.5% 6.1% 7.7% 5.7% 7.2% 1.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 6.3% 6.1% 11.5% 32.0% 26.3% 24.4% 17.9% 5.1% 6.3% 11.1% 18.2% 15.8% 12.7% 18.4% 14.0%
Building with 5+ Units 37.5% -- -- 75.0% 50.0% 50.0% 80.0% 66.7% 66.7% 85.7% 100.0% 100.0% 83.3% 85.7% --


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
All Residential Properties 0.4% 0.7% 0.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.3% -- 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% -- 0.2% 0.3% -- 0.2%
Single Family -- 0.3% -- 0.5% -- -- -- 0.4% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Condominium 1.0% 1.2% 1.3% 0.5% 0.9% 1.3% -- 0.4% 0.3% 0.4% -- 0.8% 1.1% -- 0.8%
Building with 5+ Units 12.5% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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
All Residential Properties 5,315 5,113 4,257 2,557 2,462 2,177 1,950 2,506 2,160 1,622 1,933 2,233 1,867 1,428 1,751
Single Family 4,139 3,747 3,103 2,027 2,136 1,865 1,666 2,101 1,743 1,306 1,583 1,859 1,491 1,103 1,406
Condominium 890 1,128 958 440 269 238 201 310 307 238 254 264 272 242 244
Building with 2-4 Units 266 232 182 81 52 67 75 86 99 64 87 101 86 71 91
Building with 5+ Units 20 6 14 9 5 7 8 9 11 14 9 9 18 12 10


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
All Residential Properties 20.9 20.1 16.7 10.0 9.7 8.6 7.7 9.8 8.9 6.6 8.0 9.2 7.7 5.9 7.3


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
All Residential Properties 66 118 218 391 544 586 544 441 227 164 102 102 94 83 89
Single Family 56 102 173 274 375 351 365 304 148 121 79 83 74 62 68
Condominium 8 10 30 82 135 187 141 120 68 38 17 8 10 13 18
Building with 2-4 Units 2 6 14 35 33 45 36 17 11 5 6 10 8 8 3
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 1 -- 1 3 2 -- -- -- -- 1 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
All Residential Properties 0.3 0.5 0.9 1.5 2.1 2.3 2.1 1.7 0.9 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 13.0%


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
All Residential Properties 3 11 31 97 154 188 169 219 211 118 119 66 51 46 35
Single Family 3 6 24 73 102 115 88 127 118 65 88 50 39 34 27
Condominium -- 5 7 16 43 59 74 78 77 45 28 14 8 8 5
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- 8 9 13 7 14 16 8 3 2 4 4 3
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 66.7% 63.6% 90.3% 91.8% 92.2% 92.6% 92.3% 90.4% 90.5% 85.6% 77.3% 66.7% 76.5% 52.2% 62.9%
Single Family 66.7% 66.7% 87.5% 91.8% 90.2% 90.4% 93.2% 89.0% 85.6% 83.1% 77.3% 64.0% 76.9% 58.8% 70.4%
Condominium -- 60.0% 100.0% 87.5% 100.0% 98.3% 91.9% 91.0% 96.1% 88.9% 75.0% 78.6% 75.0% 50.0% 40.0%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- 100.0% 77.8% 84.6% 85.7% 100.0% 100.0% 87.5% 100.0% 50.0% 75.0% -- 33.3%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All Residential Properties -- -- 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 63,821
Share of Population Aged under 18 21.6%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 29.7%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 28.6%
Share of Population Aged over 65 20.1%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 48.9%
Share of Population that is African American 7.7%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 11.5%
Share of Population that is Asian 27.4%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 4.6%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 22,366
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 15.1%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 19.3%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 28.5%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 37.1%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 9.4%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 22,366


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 70.4%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 29.6%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 31.1%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 55.2%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 37.8%