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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 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)

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

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 12.6%
Condominium 8.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 17.8%
Building with 5+ Units 60.9%


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 915 824 610 356 359 364 317 354 462 469 428 484 486 566 471
Single Family 293 281 182 139 138 115 105 104 148 146 144 171 168 186 147
Condominium 345 299 263 120 104 122 90 113 132 135 102 105 102 119 122
Building with 2-4 Units 201 177 103 62 91 96 81 87 111 97 107 128 137 154 139
Building with 5+ Units 76 67 62 35 26 31 41 50 71 91 75 80 79 107 63


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 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 5.4


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 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% 47.6%
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% 38.1%
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% 47.5%
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% 36.7%
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% 93.7%


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 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% 5.7%
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% 4.8%
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% 12.3%
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% 3.6%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 14.3% -- -- -- 2.0% 2.8% 2.2% -- 2.5% -- -- --


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 2,618 2,681 1,959 1,005 529 387 347 444 492 437 463 539 570 593 584
Single Family 1,026 1,098 775 433 281 211 170 196 222 189 203 238 248 220 232
Condominium 742 724 581 236 74 51 40 75 89 56 56 57 49 50 62
Building with 2-4 Units 637 660 384 202 126 77 88 100 111 102 117 139 157 205 187
Building with 5+ Units 213 199 219 134 48 48 49 73 70 90 87 105 116 118 103


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 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 6.7


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 204 362 496 500 454 430 393 426 254 213 190 187 154 149 139
Single Family 108 159 207 164 135 162 120 172 96 93 78 83 73 68 61
Condominium 37 90 141 189 162 133 152 125 78 51 58 35 42 25 25
Building with 2-4 Units 51 92 128 127 112 92 92 92 63 47 43 52 34 46 44
Building with 5+ Units 8 21 20 20 45 43 29 37 17 22 11 17 5 10 9


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 2.2 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 1.6


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 39.5%


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 66 74 163 288 232 225 149 155 202 190 146 102 105 85 63
Single Family 37 31 71 106 73 61 45 44 79 62 66 34 46 39 28
Condominium 12 18 48 97 85 96 44 66 79 68 37 29 28 20 19
Building with 2-4 Units 17 21 37 74 69 45 33 35 35 41 33 33 30 23 15
Building with 5+ Units -- 4 7 11 5 23 27 10 9 19 10 6 1 3 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 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% 87.3%
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% 100.0%
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% 68.4%
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% 86.7%
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% 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 0.6 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 0.6


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 50,265
Share of Population Aged under 18 23.8%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 37.8%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 25.1%
Share of Population Aged over 65 13.3%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 2.4%
Share of Population that is African American 93.6%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 2.5%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.2%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.3%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 22,306
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 44.2%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 23.5%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 20.6%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 11.7%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 33.0%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 22,306


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 21.0%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 79.0%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 28.8%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 59.6%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 52.7%