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South Shore

South Shore is one of 77 defined community areas of Chicago, Illinois, United States. A predominantly African American neighborhood on the city's South Side, the area is named for its location along the city's southern lakefront. Although South Shore has seen a greater than 40% decrease in residents since Chicago's population peaked in the 1950s, the area remains is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods on the South Side. The community benefits from its location along the waterfront, its accessibility to Lake Shore Drive, and its proximity to major institutions and attractions such as the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Jackson Park. (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 >

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. Learn more »

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. Learn more »


Property Type 2018
Single Family 12.6%
Condominium 8.8%
Building with 2-4 Units 17.8%
Building with 5+ Units 60.8%


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. Learn more »

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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 915 824 610 356 359 364 317 354 462 469 428 484 486 566
Single Family 293 281 182 139 138 115 105 104 148 146 144 171 168 186
Condominium 345 299 263 120 104 122 90 113 132 135 102 105 102 119
Building with 2-4 Units 201 177 103 62 91 96 81 87 111 97 107 128 137 154
Building with 5+ Units 76 67 62 35 26 31 41 50 71 91 75 80 79 107


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel sales activity allows for comparison of yearly sales activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 10.0 9.0 6.7 3.9 3.9 4.0 3.5 3.9 5.2 5.3 4.9 5.5 5.6 6.5


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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 17.7% 15.4% 16.4% 26.1% 38.4% 40.1% 42.6% 45.2% 51.9% 50.7% 49.1% 49.0% 43.8% 48.6%
Single Family 16.7% 12.5% 10.4% 26.6% 35.5% 33.9% 36.2% 35.6% 38.5% 35.6% 38.9% 36.8% 35.7% 40.3%
Condominium 7.8% 8.7% 6.1% 14.2% 31.7% 36.1% 37.8% 42.5% 47.7% 45.9% 35.3% 40.0% 36.3% 47.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 15.4% 9.6% 16.5% 19.4% 34.1% 38.5% 33.3% 36.8% 51.4% 44.3% 48.6% 45.3% 32.8% 31.8%
Building with 5+ Units 72.4% 73.1% 77.4% 77.1% 96.2% 83.9% 87.8% 86.0% 88.7% 89.0% 88.0% 92.5% 89.9% 88.8%


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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 1.1% 0.6% 0.5% 5.1% 23.1% 26.6% 21.8% 25.4% 19.7% 16.0% 15.0% 10.1% 8.4% 5.5%
Single Family 1.4% 0.7% 0.5% 7.2% 26.1% 20.0% 13.3% 23.1% 18.9% 11.6% 21.5% 14.0% 11.9% 7.0%
Condominium 1.4% 1.0% 0.8% 2.5% 31.7% 49.2% 50.0% 48.7% 36.4% 35.6% 26.5% 20.0% 17.6% 12.6%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.5% -- -- -- 15.4% 14.6% 12.3% 11.5% 11.7% 8.2% 5.6% 1.6% 2.2% 1.9%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 14.3% -- -- -- 2.0% 2.8% 2.2% -- 2.5% -- --


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. Learn more »

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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2,618 2,681 1,959 1,005 529 387 347 444 492 437 463 539 570 593
Single Family 1,026 1,098 775 433 281 211 170 196 222 189 203 238 248 220
Condominium 742 724 581 236 74 51 40 75 89 56 56 57 49 50
Building with 2-4 Units 637 660 384 202 126 77 88 100 111 102 117 139 157 205
Building with 5+ Units 213 199 219 134 48 48 49 73 70 90 87 105 116 118


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel mortgage activity allows for comparison of yearly mortgage activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 28.7 29.4 21.5 11.0 5.8 4.2 3.8 4.9 5.5 4.9 5.3 6.2 6.5 6.8


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. Learn more »

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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 204 362 496 500 454 430 393 426 254 213 190 187 154 149
Single Family 108 159 207 164 135 162 120 172 96 93 78 83 73 68
Condominium 37 90 141 189 162 133 152 125 78 51 58 35 42 25
Building with 2-4 Units 51 92 128 127 112 92 92 92 63 47 43 52 34 46
Building with 5+ Units 8 21 20 20 45 43 29 37 17 22 11 17 5 10


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel filings activity allows for comparison of yearly filings activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2.2 4.0 5.4 5.5 5.0 4.7 4.3 4.7 2.8 2.4 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.7


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. Learn more »

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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 66 74 163 288 232 225 149 155 202 190 146 102 105 85
Single Family 37 31 71 106 73 61 45 44 79 62 66 34 46 39
Condominium 12 18 48 97 85 96 44 66 79 68 37 29 28 20
Building with 2-4 Units 17 21 37 74 69 45 33 35 35 41 33 33 30 23
Building with 5+ Units -- 4 7 11 5 23 27 10 9 19 10 6 1 3


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. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 80.3% 81.1% 92.0% 98.3% 98.7% 98.2% 94.6% 91.0% 91.6% 90.5% 91.1% 88.2% 81.9% 87.1%
Single Family 67.6% 77.4% 98.6% 97.2% 98.6% 95.1% 95.6% 79.5% 89.9% 88.7% 93.9% 94.1% 80.4% 92.3%
Condominium 100.0% 72.2% 83.3% 100.0% 100.0% 99.0% 97.7% 97.0% 96.2% 98.5% 94.6% 93.1% 92.9% 85.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 94.1% 90.5% 91.9% 97.3% 97.1% 100.0% 84.8% 94.3% 91.4% 87.8% 90.9% 78.8% 76.7% 82.6%
Building with 5+ Units -- 100.0% 85.7% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 90.0% 66.7% 73.7% 60.0% 83.3% -- 66.7%


REO per 100 Residential Parcels

Per-parcel REO allows for comparison of properties entering REO status across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.6 0.7 1.6 3.1 2.5 2.4 1.5 1.5 2.1 1.9 1.5 1.0 1.0 0.9