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West Englewood

West Englewood, one of the 77 community areas, is on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. At one time it was known as South Lynne. The boundaries of West Englewood are Garfield Blvd to the north, Racine Ave to the east, the CSX and Norfolk Southern RR tracks to the west, and the Belt Railway of Chicago to the south. Though it is a separate community area, much of the history and culture of the neighborhood is linked directly to the Englewood 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 >

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 2020
Single Family 47.7%
Condominium 0.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 41.5%
Building with 5+ Units 10.7%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 1,327 1,045 720 544 583 530 336 254 362 254 278 277 393 411 417 316
Single Family 850 625 428 348 302 292 178 150 199 159 171 162 234 252 253 206
Condominium 5 4 2 -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- 1 1 2 -- 4
Building with 2-4 Units 455 404 277 193 275 233 145 102 160 85 98 102 152 145 150 98
Building with 5+ Units 17 12 13 3 6 5 10 2 3 10 9 12 6 12 14 8


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 2020
All Residential Properties 14.9 11.7 8.1 6.1 6.5 5.9 3.8 2.9 4.1 2.9 3.2 3.3 4.6 4.9 5.0 3.9


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 2020
All Residential Properties 19.4% 21.4% 17.8% 31.3% 34.8% 37.5% 35.7% 27.2% 36.7% 26.8% 27.3% 25.6% 30.8% 28.0% 24.7% 27.2%
Single Family 21.4% 23.7% 18.0% 30.7% 29.8% 35.3% 32.0% 24.7% 33.7% 25.2% 29.2% 18.5% 27.4% 23.0% 18.2% 23.8%
Condominium -- 50.0% -- -- -- -- 66.7% -- -- -- -- -- -- 50.0% -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 15.6% 16.8% 17.7% 31.6% 39.3% 39.9% 37.2% 30.4% 40.0% 25.9% 18.4% 32.4% 34.9% 31.7% 30.7% 30.6%
Building with 5+ Units 29.4% 50.0% 15.4% 66.7% 83.3% 60.0% 70.0% 50.0% 66.7% 60.0% 88.9% 66.7% 66.7% 83.3% 78.6% 87.5%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 1.4% 0.7% 2.5% 24.8% 61.9% 62.5% 57.7% 64.2% 56.6% 58.7% 51.4% 43.0% 36.6% 23.1% 15.6% 7.9%
Single Family 1.9% 0.5% 3.5% 31.6% 74.2% 75.0% 70.8% 76.7% 69.8% 71.7% 56.1% 49.4% 43.6% 30.2% 19.0% 10.2%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.7% 1.0% 1.1% 13.0% 49.5% 47.6% 46.9% 47.1% 40.6% 41.2% 44.9% 38.2% 27.0% 12.4% 11.3% 4.1%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 16.7% 20.0% -- -- 33.3% -- 33.3% -- 16.7% 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 2020
All Residential Properties 3,195 2,779 1,985 928 493 323 197 223 277 176 143 137 186 236 259 255
Single Family 2,062 1,776 1,272 611 287 162 105 130 154 101 81 73 90 115 126 128
Condominium 10 6 5 -- -- 1 1 1 2 -- -- 1 1 2 2 1
Building with 2-4 Units 1,097 970 678 305 195 157 89 89 119 74 54 50 86 108 116 119
Building with 5+ Units 26 27 30 12 11 3 2 3 2 1 8 13 9 11 15 7


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 2020
All Residential Properties 35.9 31.2 22.3 10.4 5.5 3.6 2.2 2.5 3.1 2.0 1.7 1.6 2.2 2.8 3.1 3.1


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 2020
All Residential Properties 445 583 766 740 548 481 331 409 239 184 150 143 169 136 120 40
Single Family 306 370 470 442 344 325 216 268 148 116 93 96 108 90 79 31
Condominium -- -- -- -- 3 -- 1 -- -- -- -- 1 -- 1 -- --
Building with 2-4 Units 138 208 293 290 194 150 110 135 89 63 52 45 59 45 39 9
Building with 5+ Units 1 5 3 8 7 6 4 6 2 5 5 1 2 -- 2 --


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 2020
All Residential Properties 5.0 6.5 8.6 8.3 6.2 5.4 3.7 4.6 2.7 2.1 1.8 1.7 2.0 1.6 1.4 0.5


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 49.2%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 164 212 394 432 386 272 140 177 215 198 158 133 111 122 82 18
Single Family 125 152 245 252 219 158 84 121 147 128 100 82 71 76 52 12
Condominium -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
Building with 2-4 Units 38 60 148 176 164 108 52 55 65 67 57 49 40 45 29 6
Building with 5+ Units 1 -- 1 4 3 6 3 1 2 3 1 2 -- 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 2020
All Residential Properties 69.5% 84.4% 96.2% 99.8% 99.2% 98.9% 98.6% 99.4% 97.2% 98.5% 94.9% 97.0% 80.2% 90.2% 87.8% 55.6%
Single Family 71.2% 84.2% 96.7% 99.6% 99.5% 99.4% 100.0% 99.2% 97.3% 98.4% 93.0% 96.3% 78.9% 88.2% 84.6% 50.0%
Condominium -- -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% --
Building with 2-4 Units 65.8% 85.0% 95.3% 100.0% 98.8% 98.1% 96.2% 100.0% 96.9% 98.5% 98.2% 98.0% 82.5% 93.3% 93.1% 66.7%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% -- 100.0% -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All Residential Properties 1.3 2.0 4.3 4.8 4.3 3.0 1.5 2.0 2.4 2.3 1.8 1.5 1.1 1.3 0.9 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 26,346
Share of Population Aged under 18 23.2%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 31.6%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 25.0%
Share of Population Aged over 65 20.2%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 1.6%
Share of Population that is African American 87.7%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 9.4%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.1%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.3%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,483
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 47.5%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 26.7%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 18.4%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 7.3%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 32.7%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,483


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 44.6%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 55.4%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 33.3%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 67.4%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 51.6%