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South Lawndale

South Lawndale, one of Chicago's 77 well-defined community areas, is on the West Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is notable for having two well-known neighborhoods, Little Village and Marshall Square. (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 15.4%
Condominium 0.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 71.4%
Building with 5+ Units 13.0%


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 561 449 241 142 198 246 205 242 267 223 204 258 291 298
Single Family 202 178 95 58 61 79 63 83 84 73 78 84 85 80
Condominium 4 13 9 4 1 2 5 3 2 -- 1 6 5 3
Building with 2-4 Units 336 248 129 76 135 157 129 147 172 140 108 155 190 187
Building with 5+ Units 19 10 8 4 1 8 8 9 9 10 17 13 11 28


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 6.5 5.2 2.8 1.6 2.3 2.8 2.4 2.8 3.1 2.6 2.4 3.0 3.4 3.5


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 4.1% 6.5% 8.3% 9.9% 12.1% 11.0% 12.2% 7.4% 16.1% 9.9% 15.7% 19.0% 20.3% 22.8%
Single Family 1.5% 5.1% 6.3% 5.2% 4.9% 5.1% 6.3% 7.2% 11.9% 5.5% 9.0% 8.3% 14.1% 11.3%
Condominium 50.0% 7.7% -- -- -- 50.0% 40.0% -- -- -- -- -- 20.0% 66.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 5.1% 5.6% 8.5% 10.5% 15.6% 12.1% 11.6% 6.1% 16.9% 10.7% 13.9% 21.3% 21.1% 21.9%
Building with 5+ Units 5.3% 50.0% 37.5% 75.0% -- 37.5% 50.0% 33.3% 44.4% 30.0% 58.8% 69.2% 54.5% 57.1%


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 1.4% 0.2% -- 1.4% 7.1% 5.3% 6.3% 7.4% 6.0% 4.5% 2.9% 3.5% 1.7% 2.3%
Single Family 1.5% 0.6% -- -- 4.9% 11.4% 11.1% 10.8% 11.9% 2.7% 3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 3.8%
Condominium 25.0% -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- 33.3% -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 1.2% -- -- 2.6% 7.4% 2.5% 4.7% 5.4% 3.5% 5.0% 2.8% 3.9% 1.1% 2.1%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 10.0% -- -- -- --


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 2,465 2,067 1,597 721 334 264 227 320 299 218 228 303 358 331
Single Family 918 757 606 255 124 87 72 113 104 62 85 94 107 80
Condominium 9 24 19 8 -- 1 1 3 1 1 -- 3 4 3
Building with 2-4 Units 1,489 1,242 928 426 194 160 140 191 184 137 123 186 220 215
Building with 5+ Units 49 44 44 32 16 16 14 13 10 18 20 20 27 33


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 28.5 23.9 18.5 8.3 3.9 3.1 2.6 3.7 3.5 2.5 2.7 3.5 4.2 3.9


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 98 123 207 320 382 380 300 328 169 114 99 71 58 43
Single Family 42 52 73 112 138 136 105 137 62 41 36 30 15 17
Condominium 1 -- 1 2 3 6 4 2 -- 1 -- -- 1 --
Building with 2-4 Units 52 69 130 197 229 235 183 175 98 69 62 39 39 23
Building with 5+ Units 3 2 3 9 12 3 8 14 9 3 1 2 3 3


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 1.1 1.4 2.4 3.7 4.4 4.4 3.5 3.8 2.0 1.3 1.2 0.8 0.7 0.5


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 14 29 46 108 147 131 91 120 125 83 72 78 46 37
Single Family 5 12 15 33 52 36 29 50 48 29 20 27 11 11
Condominium -- -- -- -- 2 2 1 1 1 -- 4 -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 9 17 31 75 90 88 58 67 73 51 45 49 31 24
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 3 5 3 2 3 3 3 2 4 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 71.4% 72.4% 91.3% 98.1% 97.3% 96.2% 87.9% 85.8% 86.4% 84.3% 84.7% 76.9% 71.7% 81.1%
Single Family 100.0% 75.0% 93.3% 97.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 82.0% 85.4% 86.2% 85.0% 81.5% 63.6% 72.7%
Condominium -- -- -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% -- -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 55.6% 70.6% 90.3% 98.7% 95.6% 95.5% 81.0% 89.6% 86.3% 82.4% 84.4% 73.5% 77.4% 87.5%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 100.0% 80.0% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 66.7% 100.0% 50.0% 50.0%


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 0.1 0.2 0.5 1.2 1.7 1.5 0.9 1.2 1.3 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.4 0.3