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Washington Park

Washington Park is a community area on the South Side of Chicago which includes the 372 acre (1.5 km²) park of the same name, stretching east-west from Cottage Grove Avenue to the Dan Ryan Expressway, and north-south from 51st Street to 63rd. It is home to the DuSable Museum of African American History. The park was the proposed site of the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Aquatics Center in Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. (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 2.6%
Condominium 13.3%
Building with 2-4 Units 16.7%
Building with 5+ Units 67.5%


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 323 333 212 154 99 110 116 114 113 117 99 95 110 116 103
Single Family 22 16 12 17 6 2 6 9 6 4 5 6 4 7 8
Condominium 225 251 158 100 69 64 77 69 71 54 62 45 55 45 55
Building with 2-4 Units 58 48 32 30 18 33 16 24 24 32 20 25 32 42 30
Building with 5+ Units 18 18 10 7 6 11 17 12 12 27 12 19 19 22 10


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 16.1 16.6 10.6 7.7 4.9 5.5 5.8 5.7 6.2 6.9 6.2 6.0 7.0 7.4 6.7


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 18.6% 14.7% 16.5% 28.6% 36.4% 52.7% 57.8% 51.8% 46.9% 47.9% 51.5% 50.5% 55.5% 52.6% 51.5%
Single Family 22.7% 25.0% 41.7% 35.3% 66.7% -- 33.3% 55.6% 33.3% 100.0% 60.0% 33.3% 50.0% 14.3% 50.0%
Condominium 11.6% 8.0% 8.9% 17.0% 30.4% 54.7% 49.4% 37.7% 32.4% 27.8% 45.2% 51.1% 52.7% 57.8% 45.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 25.9% 22.9% 28.1% 46.7% 27.8% 36.4% 62.5% 66.7% 66.7% 40.6% 40.0% 40.0% 43.8% 28.6% 50.0%
Building with 5+ Units 77.8% 77.8% 70.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 100.0% 68.4% 84.2% 100.0% 90.0%


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 1.9% -- 1.9% 3.9% 20.2% 25.5% 26.7% 13.2% 15.0% 18.8% 12.1% 9.5% 5.5% 2.6% 2.9%
Single Family -- -- 16.7% 11.8% 16.7% 100.0% 83.3% 22.2% 16.7% -- 20.0% 16.7% -- -- 25.0%
Condominium 1.8% -- 1.3% 3.0% 21.7% 34.4% 29.9% 17.4% 15.5% 25.9% 17.7% 11.1% 5.5% 4.4% 1.8%
Building with 2-4 Units 3.4% -- -- 3.3% 22.2% 12.1% 18.8% 4.2% 16.7% 25.0% -- 12.0% 9.4% 2.4% --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.3% -- -- -- -- -- --


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 653 691 473 213 103 70 55 77 91 71 88 94 114 125 147
Single Family 41 40 36 21 6 4 4 5 4 1 10 11 10 10 11
Condominium 397 452 287 126 52 28 16 28 51 25 34 22 36 35 72
Building with 2-4 Units 162 156 108 44 30 24 18 22 20 23 28 27 39 48 47
Building with 5+ Units 53 43 42 22 15 14 17 22 16 22 16 34 29 32 17


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 32.5 34.4 23.5 10.6 5.1 3.5 2.7 3.8 5.0 4.2 5.5 5.9 7.2 8.0 9.5


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 67 82 141 189 147 119 105 101 58 33 32 28 29 31 13
Single Family 10 4 17 11 14 6 3 5 2 -- -- 2 2 3 3
Condominium 34 47 85 130 94 69 66 66 37 18 21 19 14 14 6
Building with 2-4 Units 21 23 34 41 30 30 26 25 15 12 8 4 10 9 4
Building with 5+ Units 2 8 5 7 9 14 10 5 4 3 3 3 3 5 --


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 3.3 4.1 7.0 9.4 7.3 5.9 5.2 5.0 3.2 1.9 2.0 1.8 1.8 2.0 0.8


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 59.5%


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 35 27 50 86 104 78 60 41 62 50 30 25 14 19 7
Single Family 1 3 4 4 5 7 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 1
Condominium 29 14 29 63 80 55 44 28 39 33 18 14 8 13 4
Building with 2-4 Units 5 8 15 16 18 10 7 7 17 12 9 8 5 4 2
Building with 5+ Units -- 2 2 3 1 6 7 4 3 4 1 2 -- -- --


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 97.1% 88.9% 100.0% 100.0% 99.0% 100.0% 91.7% 92.7% 96.8% 96.0% 93.3% 88.0% 92.9% 78.9% 42.9%
Single Family 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Condominium 96.6% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 98.8% 100.0% 97.7% 96.4% 97.4% 100.0% 100.0% 92.9% 87.5% 84.6% 50.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 100.0% 62.5% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 57.1% 85.7% 94.1% 100.0% 88.9% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% --
Building with 5+ Units -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 85.7% 100.0% 100.0% 75.0% -- -- -- -- --


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 1.7 1.2 2.5 4.3 5.1 3.9 2.7 1.9 3.3 2.8 1.7 1.4 0.8 1.0 0.2


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 10,969
Share of Population Aged under 18 30.8%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 40.9%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 20.6%
Share of Population Aged over 65 7.7%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 1.1%
Share of Population that is African American 92.5%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 2.4%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.0%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 4.0%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 4,526
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 49.5%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 25.2%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 17.8%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 7.5%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 39.0%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 4,526


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 12.9%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 87.1%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 47.0%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 64.5%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 62.2%