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West Ridge

West Ridge is one of 77 Chicago community areas. It is a middle-class neighborhood located on the far North Side of the City of Chicago. It is located in the 50th Ward and the 40th Ward. Also historically called North Town, and frequently referred to as West Rogers Park, it is bordered on the north by Howard Street, on the east by Ridge Boulevard, Western Avenue, and Ravenswood Avenue, the south by Bryn Mawr Avenue and Peterson Avenue, and on the west by Kedzie Avenue and the North Shore channel of the Chicago River. West Ridge was annexed to Chicago on April 4, 1893, along with Rogers Park. Today West Ridge is one of Chicago's better off communities, filled with thriving multi-ethnic culture lining Devon Avenue, historic mansions lining Ridge and Lunt Avenues, cultural institutions such as St. Scholastica Academy and one of the highest per capita incomes on the North Side of Chicago. It is home to the Midwest's largest Hasidic community, as well as other Jewish, Irish American, German-American, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Assyrian, Russian, and Korean immigrant communities. (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.


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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 21.5%
Condominium 25.8%
Building with 2-4 Units 24.7%
Building with 5+ Units 27.9%


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 1,377 1,388 1,144 604 601 721 716 820 912 768 714 791 817 719
Single Family 308 240 189 136 166 163 154 188 249 212 238 201 243 218
Condominium 882 986 874 393 357 472 464 531 551 441 364 449 463 389
Building with 2-4 Units 168 139 70 68 75 75 83 88 93 104 96 123 98 92
Building with 5+ Units 19 23 11 7 3 11 15 13 19 11 16 18 13 20


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 8.3 8.3 6.9 3.6 3.6 4.3 4.3 4.9 5.7 4.8 4.5 4.9 5.1 4.5


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 7.2% 7.1% 3.8% 7.9% 9.7% 12.1% 12.8% 14.1% 18.0% 13.4% 16.5% 17.2% 18.2% 14.0%
Single Family 5.2% 6.3% 5.8% 8.8% 6.0% 8.0% 9.1% 10.1% 17.7% 6.6% 14.7% 13.9% 13.6% 11.0%
Condominium 7.1% 5.7% 2.2% 5.9% 9.2% 11.9% 12.3% 14.7% 16.0% 15.0% 12.4% 16.7% 18.6% 12.9%
Building with 2-4 Units 4.2% 7.9% 8.6% 13.2% 16.0% 13.3% 9.6% 11.4% 15.1% 14.4% 25.0% 16.3% 20.4% 12.0%
Building with 5+ Units 68.4% 73.9% 63.6% 57.1% 100.0% 72.7% 86.7% 69.2% 94.7% 72.7% 87.5% 72.2% 76.9% 80.0%


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 -- 0.1% -- 0.8% 0.5% 3.1% 2.2% 2.6% 1.0% 0.9% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7% 0.1%
Condominium -- 0.2% -- 1.3% 0.8% 4.7% 3.4% 4.0% 1.5% 1.6% 0.8% 1.1% 1.1% 0.3%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.1% -- -- -- -- --


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 4,377 4,407 3,624 1,914 1,657 1,415 1,243 1,573 1,481 1,020 1,243 1,438 1,280 1,098
Single Family 1,605 1,383 1,193 787 916 829 705 866 701 465 604 697 558 472
Condominium 1,900 2,234 1,904 821 506 375 268 443 482 340 364 432 471 385
Building with 2-4 Units 811 716 476 253 200 173 231 223 236 177 229 262 204 177
Building with 5+ Units 61 74 51 53 35 38 39 41 62 38 46 47 47 64


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 26.3 26.5 21.8 11.5 10.0 8.5 7.5 9.4 9.2 6.3 7.8 9.0 8.0 6.9


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 70 138 314 611 823 711 488 455 232 105 79 80 85 68
Single Family 21 42 69 93 139 147 126 98 74 28 27 23 35 31
Condominium 29 53 184 439 574 438 269 277 119 61 36 31 34 27
Building with 2-4 Units 19 43 58 73 105 112 84 75 36 15 15 24 13 10
Building with 5+ Units 1 -- 3 6 5 14 9 5 3 1 1 2 3 --


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 0.4 0.8 1.9 3.7 4.9 4.3 2.9 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4


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 17 20 88 205 310 394 230 285 283 145 103 62 46 31
Single Family 3 3 15 30 40 33 30 41 43 27 27 17 15 9
Condominium 12 11 43 138 243 327 178 223 209 106 59 29 25 15
Building with 2-4 Units 2 6 30 37 25 28 17 19 27 10 16 16 6 5
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 2 6 5 2 4 2 1 -- -- 2


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 94.1% 90.0% 97.7% 97.6% 97.7% 95.7% 95.7% 91.2% 90.1% 82.8% 79.6% 67.7% 50.0% 64.5%
Single Family 66.7% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 84.8% 100.0% 85.4% 76.7% 85.2% 63.0% 70.6% 66.7% 33.3%
Condominium 100.0% 90.9% 95.3% 98.6% 97.5% 96.9% 96.1% 92.4% 93.3% 84.0% 86.4% 65.5% 36.0% 73.3%
Building with 2-4 Units 100.0% 83.3% 100.0% 91.9% 96.0% 96.4% 82.4% 89.5% 92.6% 70.0% 87.5% 68.8% 66.7% 100.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- 100.0% 83.3% 100.0% 100.0% 50.0% 50.0% -- -- -- 50.0%


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 0.1 0.1 0.5 1.2 1.8 2.3 1.3 1.6 1.6 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.1