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West Town

West Town, located in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois, northwest of the Loop, on Chicago's West Side is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas. Much of this area was historically part of the city's Polish Downtown, and its name may refer to Western Avenue, which was the city's western boundary at the time of West Town's settlement, but more likely was a convenient abstraction by the creators of Chicago's community areas. Then, as now, West Town was a collection of several distinct neighborhoods. It was the most populous of the community areas from their creation until it was surpassed by Near West Side in the 1960s. The boundaries of the community area are the Chicago River to the east, the Union Pacific railroad tracks to the south, the former railroad tracks on Bloomingdale Avenue to the North, and an irregular western border to the west that includes the city park called Humboldt Park. Humboldt Park is also the name of the community area to West Town's west, Logan Square is to the north, Near North Side to the east, and Near West Side to the south. Currently, as well as historically, the collection of neighborhoods in West Town along with the neighborhoods of Bucktown and the eastern portion of Logan Square have been referred to by media as the Near Northwest Side. However, since the gentrification of West Town, media often refers to the area as solely the Northwest Side for the purposes of real estate gentrification tactics. (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 8.7%
Condominium 27.1%
Building with 2-4 Units 37.1%
Building with 5+ Units 27.2%


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 2,852 2,394 2,243 1,479 1,066 1,042 989 1,414 1,846 1,835 2,032 2,006 2,073 1,788 1,831
Single Family 384 299 214 160 137 165 160 227 279 250 328 300 397 247 301
Condominium 2,040 1,772 1,764 1,124 770 662 593 890 1,145 1,125 1,276 1,299 1,291 1,184 1,145
Building with 2-4 Units 380 286 233 165 144 183 214 261 363 383 355 346 328 306 337
Building with 5+ Units 48 37 32 30 15 32 22 36 59 77 73 61 57 51 48


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 11.7 9.8 9.2 6.1 4.4 4.3 4.1 5.8 8.5 8.5 9.6 9.4 9.6 8.2 8.3


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 10.3% 10.6% 7.3% 9.6% 10.9% 13.7% 17.9% 17.7% 16.4% 15.1% 14.6% 14.7% 13.4% 11.6% 11.4%
Single Family 12.5% 11.7% 11.2% 10.6% 10.9% 15.2% 12.5% 21.6% 13.6% 13.2% 11.9% 14.0% 10.1% 10.9% 7.0%
Condominium 8.2% 8.1% 4.0% 3.9% 6.2% 7.4% 7.9% 6.6% 5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 3.4% 3.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 13.4% 18.9% 19.7% 33.9% 27.1% 27.9% 41.1% 41.0% 44.1% 34.5% 36.1% 41.3% 42.7% 33.3% 31.5%
Building with 5+ Units 54.2% 54.1% 71.9% 83.3% 93.3% 56.3% 100.0% 97.2% 81.4% 75.3% 90.4% 82.0% 64.9% 76.5% 89.6%


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 0.8% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5% 0.6% 1.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% -- 0.3% 0.1%
Single Family -- -- -- -- -- 1.2% 0.6% -- 0.4% -- -- -- 0.3% -- --
Condominium 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.6% 0.5% 2.4% 1.0% 1.3% 0.5% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% -- 0.5% 0.2%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 0.7% -- -- 1.4% -- 0.5% -- -- -- 0.3% -- -- -- --


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 7,263 7,108 6,698 4,851 4,185 3,643 3,062 4,180 4,057 3,284 4,025 4,372 3,517 2,743 3,742
Single Family 1,184 1,179 968 768 775 732 633 801 686 544 785 806 773 487 753
Condominium 4,256 4,326 4,253 3,112 2,782 2,215 1,697 2,455 2,355 1,761 2,245 2,516 1,875 1,497 2,091
Building with 2-4 Units 1,662 1,473 1,304 803 530 590 650 807 863 800 826 890 715 629 748
Building with 5+ Units 161 130 173 168 98 106 82 117 153 179 169 160 154 130 150


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 29.9 29.2 27.5 19.9 17.2 15.0 12.6 17.2 18.7 15.3 18.9 20.5 16.3 12.6 17.0


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 130 146 263 441 584 479 412 319 182 96 75 55 66 59 60
Single Family 22 25 48 86 106 72 71 46 20 18 17 12 18 14 12
Condominium 60 65 119 206 287 225 192 168 90 41 28 24 25 23 26
Building with 2-4 Units 41 52 92 135 176 155 137 93 67 31 27 19 21 18 22
Building with 5+ Units 7 4 4 14 15 27 12 12 5 6 3 -- 2 4 --


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 0.5 0.6 1.1 1.8 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.3 0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 12.7%


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
All Residential Properties 20 29 77 134 165 212 154 140 153 93 77 56 24 17 15
Single Family 2 4 13 16 26 30 18 20 16 9 7 11 4 4 2
Condominium 13 13 37 73 98 125 76 70 96 59 46 29 13 10 8
Building with 2-4 Units 5 11 25 44 36 51 51 42 37 22 20 15 7 3 5
Building with 5+ Units -- 1 2 1 5 6 9 8 4 3 4 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 70.0% 86.2% 94.8% 94.0% 95.2% 95.3% 93.5% 82.9% 82.4% 77.4% 62.3% 57.1% 50.0% 58.8% 73.3%
Single Family 100.0% 50.0% 84.6% 100.0% 96.2% 96.7% 88.9% 90.0% 81.3% 77.8% 85.7% 45.5% 50.0% 75.0% 100.0%
Condominium 76.9% 92.3% 94.6% 95.9% 98.0% 97.6% 94.7% 92.9% 91.7% 78.0% 67.4% 62.1% 53.8% 60.0% 62.5%
Building with 2-4 Units 40.0% 90.9% 100.0% 88.6% 88.9% 88.2% 96.1% 61.9% 62.2% 77.3% 50.0% 60.0% 42.9% 33.3% 80.0%
Building with 5+ Units -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 80.0% 100.0% 77.8% 87.5% 50.0% 66.7% 25.0% -- -- -- --


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 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 -- --


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 83,757
Share of Population Aged under 18 13.5%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 64.8%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 15.7%
Share of Population Aged over 65 5.9%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 63.4%
Share of Population that is African American 6.8%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 22.2%
Share of Population that is Asian 4.9%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 2.7%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 37,819
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 12.5%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 10.4%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 25.2%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 51.8%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 10.7%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 37,819


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 40.0%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 60.0%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 24.2%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 32.5%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 29.1%