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South Chicago

South Chicago, formerly known as Ainsworth, is one of the 77 well-defined community areas of Chicago, Illinois. The community is one of Chicago's 16 lakefront neighborhoods near the southern rim of Lake Michigan 10 miles south of downtown. A working-class neighborhood, it is bordered by East 79th Street on the north, South Chicago Avenue (the Chicago Skyway) on the southwest, a small stretch of East 95th Street on the south. With the Calumet River on the community's southeast side, South Chicago can be considered the literal gateway to the Calumet Region and the first among the four Chicago neighborhoods (East Side, Hegewisch and South Deering) that are considered by the locals as Chicago's Southeast 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 30.2%
Condominium 1.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 47.1%
Building with 5+ Units 21.0%


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 691 633 325 260 311 286 241 228 299 260 278 292 308 354
Single Family 325 284 168 132 134 139 101 121 143 124 148 147 152 202
Condominium 22 31 20 17 8 10 13 11 20 8 6 10 11 12
Building with 2-4 Units 324 305 124 105 164 131 113 87 125 105 105 121 124 124
Building with 5+ Units 20 13 13 6 5 6 14 9 11 23 19 14 21 16


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 9.9 9.0 4.6 3.7 4.4 4.1 3.4 3.3 4.3 3.8 4.0 4.3 4.5 5.2


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 15.6% 14.2% 15.7% 32.7% 33.4% 41.6% 32.0% 36.8% 47.8% 46.5% 46.0% 40.4% 39.0% 43.2%
Single Family 16.9% 10.6% 13.7% 34.8% 35.1% 41.0% 30.7% 35.5% 52.4% 41.1% 39.9% 39.5% 34.2% 44.1%
Condominium 13.6% 19.4% -- 5.9% 50.0% 50.0% 46.2% 54.5% 15.0% 37.5% 33.3% 60.0% 72.7% 41.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 11.4% 15.1% 16.9% 33.3% 31.7% 41.2% 23.9% 31.0% 45.6% 44.8% 47.6% 37.2% 35.5% 35.5%
Building with 5+ Units 65.0% 61.5% 53.8% 50.0% 20.0% 50.0% 92.9% 88.9% 72.7% 87.0% 89.5% 64.3% 76.2% 93.8%


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 0.3% 0.5% 0.6% 13.8% 46.0% 39.2% 38.2% 36.0% 42.5% 34.2% 25.2% 20.5% 15.9% 14.1%
Single Family 0.6% 0.7% 0.6% 14.4% 35.1% 30.2% 34.7% 39.7% 40.6% 40.3% 24.3% 19.7% 18.4% 12.9%
Condominium -- -- -- 5.9% 12.5% 40.0% 53.8% 54.5% 80.0% 50.0% 66.7% 50.0% 36.4% 41.7%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 0.3% -- 15.2% 57.3% 50.4% 43.4% 32.2% 42.4% 33.3% 27.6% 19.0% 13.7% 15.3%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 7.7% -- 20.0% -- 7.1% -- -- -- 5.3% 21.4% -- --


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 2,095 2,085 1,340 642 396 303 239 221 286 232 263 310 312 339
Single Family 1,093 1,128 778 387 273 189 155 133 194 148 169 196 178 202
Condominium 51 43 51 22 8 1 2 4 8 3 6 6 1 4
Building with 2-4 Units 902 868 471 207 109 104 71 73 72 68 72 96 115 120
Building with 5+ Units 49 46 40 26 6 9 11 11 12 13 16 12 18 13


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 29.9 29.8 19.1 9.2 5.7 4.3 3.4 3.2 4.1 3.4 3.8 4.5 4.6 5.0


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 204 334 385 432 338 317 277 292 197 140 136 113 108 137
Single Family 113 153 190 215 165 147 167 170 116 84 86 74 71 91
Condominium 3 11 8 9 18 17 9 7 10 7 3 6 5 4
Building with 2-4 Units 83 166 183 199 145 138 91 105 65 48 42 29 32 42
Building with 5+ Units 5 4 4 9 10 15 10 10 6 1 5 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 2.9 4.8 5.5 6.2 4.8 4.5 4.0 4.2 2.8 2.0 2.0 1.6 1.6 2.0


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 67 80 171 216 182 152 94 100 163 124 109 76 71 70
Single Family 40 40 74 94 91 65 41 57 90 62 67 47 36 49
Condominium 1 1 4 3 1 14 6 4 5 7 1 4 7 1
Building with 2-4 Units 24 39 90 114 88 66 42 38 65 48 40 24 27 18
Building with 5+ Units 2 -- 3 5 2 7 5 1 3 7 1 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 70.1% 88.8% 97.7% 99.5% 98.9% 98.0% 96.8% 95.0% 93.9% 88.7% 89.9% 90.8% 88.7% 90.0%
Single Family 72.5% 95.0% 98.6% 100.0% 98.9% 95.4% 95.1% 91.2% 92.2% 82.3% 88.1% 93.6% 86.1% 85.7%
Condominium -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 75.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 70.8% 82.1% 98.9% 100.0% 98.9% 100.0% 97.6% 100.0% 95.4% 97.9% 92.5% 87.5% 88.9% 100.0%
Building with 5+ Units 50.0% -- 33.3% 80.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 71.4% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 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 0.7 1.0 2.4 3.1 2.6 2.1 1.3 1.4 2.2 1.6 1.4 1.0 0.9 0.9