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South Deering

South Deering, located on Chicago's far South Side, is the largest of the 77 official community areas of that city. It is part of the 10th Ward, once under the control of former Richard J. Daley ally Alderman Edward Vrdolyak. Primarily an industrial neighborhood, a small group of homes exists in the northeast corner and Lake Calumet takes up a large portion of the area. 80% of the community is zoned as industrial, natural wetlands, or parks. The remaining 20% is zoned for residential and small-scale commercial uses. The neighborhood is named for Charles Deering, an executive in the Deering Harvester Company that would later form a major part of International Harvester. International Harvester owned Wisconsin Steel, which was originally established in 1875 and was located along Torrence Avenue south of 106th Street to 109th Street. It is the location of Calumet Fisheries, a historic seafood restaurant that opened in 1928 and has been featured on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. The original Calumet Bakery store, a South Side favorite since 1935, is located at 2510 E 106th St, Chicago, IL 60617. It was also the location of the Wisconsin Steel Works, originally the Joseph H. Brown Iron and Steel Company, which opened in 1875 and closed in 1980. Since the closing of the steel mill, the neighborhood has remained economically depressed. Louis Rosen documented the racial transition of this and nearby communities in his 1998 book The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood. (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 >

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Housing Stock Composition

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Housing Units by Property Type


Property Type 2019
Single Family 80.8%
Condominium 0.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 17.5%
Building with 5+ Units 1.6%


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 271 276 158 127 108 105 53 91 82 88 134 146 159 165 151
Single Family 244 251 146 118 98 97 45 86 76 81 127 136 149 155 140
Condominium -- 2 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 26 22 8 8 9 8 8 5 6 7 7 10 10 9 11
Building with 5+ Units 1 1 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 6.0 6.1 3.5 2.8 2.4 2.3 1.2 2.0 1.8 1.9 3.0 3.2 3.5 3.7 3.3


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 14.8% 10.1% 19.6% 30.7% 28.7% 20.0% 9.4% 22.0% 29.3% 30.7% 42.5% 41.8% 32.7% 36.4% 33.8%
Single Family 13.5% 10.0% 20.5% 33.1% 30.6% 19.6% 8.9% 20.9% 31.6% 30.9% 42.5% 43.4% 34.9% 37.4% 35.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 26.9% 13.6% 12.5% -- -- 25.0% 12.5% 40.0% -- 28.6% 42.9% 20.0% -- 22.2% 9.1%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 1.8% 1.1% 0.6% 1.6% 25.9% 18.1% 15.1% 35.2% 32.9% 36.4% 41.0% 31.5% 23.3% 13.9% 11.3%
Single Family 1.6% 1.2% 0.7% 1.7% 26.5% 16.5% 13.3% 36.0% 32.9% 34.6% 42.5% 30.9% 24.2% 14.2% 11.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 3.8% -- -- -- 22.2% 37.5% 25.0% 20.0% 33.3% 57.1% 14.3% 40.0% 10.0% 11.1% 9.1%


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 957 979 678 399 268 178 116 134 152 121 108 113 145 159 148
Single Family 902 910 637 371 250 162 109 130 141 115 102 106 134 149 137
Condominium 1 2 4 -- 1 -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 53 65 36 27 16 15 7 4 9 6 6 7 10 9 11
Building with 5+ Units 1 2 1 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 --


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 21.0 21.5 14.9 8.8 5.9 3.9 2.6 2.9 3.3 2.7 2.4 2.5 3.2 3.5 3.3


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 114 111 155 175 154 138 149 129 100 87 77 67 67 61 48
Single Family 109 106 145 166 143 131 135 124 93 78 74 64 66 60 42
Condominium -- -- -- 1 1 -- 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 5 5 10 8 10 7 13 4 5 9 3 2 1 1 5
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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
All Residential Properties 2.5 2.4 3.4 3.8 3.4 3.0 3.3 2.8 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.1


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 27.4%


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 34 36 44 73 77 52 42 47 63 53 64 59 37 29 43
Single Family 31 36 42 68 71 49 39 44 56 46 63 57 36 28 40
Condominium -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 3 -- 2 5 6 3 3 3 6 7 1 2 1 1 2
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 58.8% 77.8% 97.7% 100.0% 100.0% 98.1% 100.0% 100.0% 98.4% 96.2% 79.7% 79.7% 89.2% 79.3% 81.4%
Single Family 61.3% 77.8% 97.6% 100.0% 100.0% 98.0% 100.0% 100.0% 98.2% 95.7% 79.4% 78.9% 88.9% 78.6% 80.0%
Condominium -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 33.3% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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 0.4 0.6 0.9 1.6 1.7 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.7 0.5 0.8


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 15,475
Share of Population Aged under 18 27.8%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 35.7%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 20.8%
Share of Population Aged over 65 15.7%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 3.8%
Share of Population that is African American 65.1%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 30.8%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.0%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 0.3%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 5,306
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 38.1%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 26.6%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 24.5%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 10.8%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 30.9%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 5,306


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 52.8%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 47.2%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 31.4%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 59.5%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 44.4%