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West Garfield Park

West Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas. It is directly west of Garfield 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 2020
Single Family 9.2%
Condominium 1.6%
Building with 2-4 Units 65.5%
Building with 5+ Units 23.6%


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 405 359 198 178 207 183 138 129 133 126 97 158 155 203 198 129
Single Family 53 50 31 38 21 21 21 8 12 20 18 29 25 39 31 15
Condominium 19 25 32 21 6 6 11 11 7 16 2 8 1 7 2 6
Building with 2-4 Units 315 278 130 114 177 150 99 101 106 86 70 117 124 149 149 103
Building with 5+ Units 18 6 5 5 3 6 7 9 8 4 7 4 5 8 16 5


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 13.3 11.8 6.5 5.8 6.8 6.0 4.5 4.2 4.5 4.3 3.4 5.5 5.5 7.2 7.0 4.6


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 15.3% 15.9% 18.2% 31.5% 41.1% 41.5% 48.6% 37.2% 42.9% 31.7% 37.1% 32.3% 39.4% 43.3% 36.4% 30.2%
Single Family 11.3% 16.0% 9.7% 23.7% 19.0% 38.1% 38.1% -- 41.7% 30.0% 22.2% 41.4% 40.0% 33.3% 25.8% 26.7%
Condominium 10.5% 8.0% 9.4% 42.9% 16.7% 16.7% 63.6% 27.3% 42.9% 18.8% 50.0% 37.5% 100.0% 28.6% 50.0% 66.7%
Building with 2-4 Units 14.3% 15.1% 21.5% 30.7% 44.6% 40.7% 49.5% 38.6% 39.6% 32.6% 35.7% 28.2% 37.1% 44.3% 32.9% 26.2%
Building with 5+ Units 50.0% 83.3% 40.0% 60.0% 33.3% 100.0% 42.9% 66.7% 87.5% 75.0% 85.7% 75.0% 80.0% 87.5% 87.5% 80.0%


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 2020
All Residential Properties 0.5% 0.6% 0.5% 10.1% 30.9% 36.1% 34.8% 30.2% 36.8% 28.6% 24.7% 19.6% 12.3% 7.4% 2.5% 3.9%
Single Family 1.9% 2.0% 3.2% 28.9% 47.6% 57.1% 52.4% 50.0% 50.0% 30.0% 33.3% 24.1% 20.0% 17.9% 3.2% --
Condominium -- -- -- 4.8% 66.7% 83.3% 45.5% 27.3% 57.1% 43.8% -- 25.0% 100.0% 28.6% -- 33.3%
Building with 2-4 Units 0.3% 0.4% -- 5.3% 28.2% 32.7% 32.3% 30.7% 34.9% 26.7% 25.7% 17.9% 10.5% 4.0% 2.7% 2.9%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 11.1% 25.0% -- -- 25.0% -- -- -- --


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 1,112 1,156 741 382 249 160 86 125 101 95 115 144 131 189 227 181
Single Family 170 197 137 74 33 19 12 22 20 22 22 27 23 38 41 27
Condominium 38 53 48 22 2 1 2 4 10 2 2 2 -- 3 1 3
Building with 2-4 Units 871 880 533 263 204 126 64 94 67 64 84 105 93 141 166 142
Building with 5+ Units 33 26 23 23 10 14 8 5 4 7 7 10 15 7 19 9


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 36.4 37.9 24.3 12.5 8.2 5.2 2.8 4.1 3.4 3.2 4.0 5.0 4.6 6.7 8.1 6.5


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 2020
All Residential Properties 119 191 262 231 204 182 112 156 94 79 66 58 41 47 49 22
Single Family 26 34 38 33 31 34 15 35 22 17 12 13 11 13 9 5
Condominium 1 11 7 13 13 8 12 8 5 3 3 2 1 1 -- 1
Building with 2-4 Units 89 142 213 176 150 137 80 107 60 58 48 41 29 33 40 15
Building with 5+ Units 3 4 4 9 10 3 5 6 7 1 3 2 -- -- -- 1


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 3.9 6.3 8.6 7.6 6.7 6.0 3.7 5.1 3.1 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.4 1.7 1.7 0.8


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2020
All Residential Properties 49.7%


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 28 52 108 160 129 91 56 55 65 71 48 63 36 39 19 7
Single Family 6 11 14 16 18 16 7 3 12 13 8 12 7 9 2 --
Condominium 2 -- 2 5 8 5 4 5 5 6 2 3 -- -- 1 --
Building with 2-4 Units 19 40 91 137 100 66 40 42 47 49 35 46 29 30 16 7
Building with 5+ Units 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 1 3 3 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 2020
All Residential Properties 53.6% 84.6% 94.4% 96.9% 98.4% 97.8% 96.4% 98.2% 98.5% 100.0% 95.8% 92.1% 88.9% 79.5% 94.7% 85.7%
Single Family 33.3% 81.8% 100.0% 100.0% 94.4% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 91.7% 100.0% 100.0% 91.7% 100.0% 88.9% 100.0% --
Condominium 50.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% -- -- 100.0% --
Building with 2-4 Units 57.9% 85.0% 93.4% 97.1% 99.0% 97.0% 95.0% 97.6% 100.0% 100.0% 94.3% 93.5% 86.2% 76.7% 93.8% 85.7%
Building with 5+ Units 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% -- -- -- --


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 0.5 1.4 3.3 5.1 4.2 2.9 1.8 1.8 2.1 2.4 1.6 2.0 1.1 1.1 0.6 0.2


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 16,415
Share of Population Aged under 18 29.5%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 36.1%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 22.5%
Share of Population Aged over 65 11.9%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 2.5%
Share of Population that is African American 93.1%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 3.0%
Share of Population that is Asian 0.0%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 1.5%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 5,353
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 51.4%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 20.6%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 21.6%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 6.4%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 40.6%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 5,353


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 23.1%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 76.9%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 42.8%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 69.4%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 62.8%