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Wilmette

Wilmette is a village in New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. Bordering Lake Michigan, it is located 14 miles (23 km) north of Chicago's downtown district (4 mi or 6 km from Chicago's northern border) and had a population at the 2010 census of 27,087. In 2007, Wilmette was ranked as the seventh best place to raise children in the U.S., according to Business Week. In 2015, Wilmette was ranked the best place to live in the state of Illinois based on a variety of factors including its low unemployment rate, median income, low housing vacancy rate, high education expenditures per student, low crime, and short commute times. Wilmette is home to 2 of Illinois' 17 elementary schools (Romona Elementary, St. Joseph School) to be awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon award. (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 81.0%
Condominium 8.4%
Building with 2-4 Units 1.5%
Building with 5+ Units 9.2%


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 611 493 453 328 299 375 353 443 523 534 498 533 536 510 477
Single Family 540 432 412 296 267 337 316 392 451 463 441 460 459 438 417
Condominium 66 55 38 27 28 38 36 49 68 62 53 69 74 65 58
Building with 2-4 Units 1 5 3 3 4 -- -- 2 3 8 3 2 2 2 2
Building with 5+ Units 4 1 -- 2 -- -- 1 -- 1 1 1 2 1 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
All Residential Properties 6.2 5.0 4.6 3.3 3.0 3.8 3.6 4.5 5.4 5.5 5.2 5.5 5.6 5.3 5.0


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 14.9% 11.8% 13.5% 11.9% 9.7% 8.3% 12.2% 7.2% 13.2% 12.7% 12.4% 9.9% 12.7% 10.0% 7.5%
Single Family 14.8% 10.0% 12.1% 9.5% 7.5% 6.8% 10.8% 6.9% 14.4% 13.0% 13.4% 10.0% 13.5% 9.8% 7.4%
Condominium 16.7% 25.5% 28.9% 33.3% 25.0% 21.1% 22.2% 8.2% 4.4% 3.2% -- 5.8% 5.4% 1.5% 8.6%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 20.0% -- 66.7% 50.0% -- -- 50.0% -- 62.5% 66.7% 50.0% 50.0% 100.0% --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% --


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 0.3% -- -- -- -- -- 0.3% -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.2% --
Single Family 0.4% -- -- -- -- -- 0.3% -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.2% --


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 2,334 2,128 1,979 1,607 2,134 2,112 1,895 2,488 1,773 1,205 1,451 1,651 1,041 932 1,147
Single Family 2,198 2,011 1,862 1,523 2,063 2,051 1,837 2,419 1,682 1,142 1,397 1,578 977 880 1,086
Condominium 108 100 103 67 63 50 53 59 82 50 45 63 57 43 56
Building with 2-4 Units 21 14 13 10 5 11 5 6 4 11 7 7 6 6 5
Building with 5+ Units 7 3 1 7 3 -- -- 4 5 2 2 3 1 3 --


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 23.7 21.6 20.1 16.3 21.7 21.4 19.2 25.3 18.3 12.5 15.1 17.2 10.8 9.7 11.9


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 17 49 41 55 110 77 75 79 38 23 29 39 33 33 27
Single Family 17 45 39 50 104 70 70 71 33 22 28 35 32 28 24
Condominium -- 3 2 5 5 7 4 7 4 1 1 3 -- 5 2
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- 1 -- 1 1 1 -- -- 1 1 -- 1
Building with 5+ Units -- 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
All Residential Properties 0.2 0.5 0.4 0.6 1.1 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3


Cumulative Foreclosure Filings Activity



Property Type 2019
All Residential Properties 5.9%


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 1 2 7 15 17 14 26 18 23 20 25 13 9 10 9
Single Family 1 2 6 15 17 12 21 16 19 17 25 9 8 9 7
Condominium -- -- 1 -- -- 2 5 1 4 3 -- 4 1 1 2
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 82.4% 100.0% 88.5% 94.4% 65.2% 90.0% 68.0% 76.9% 100.0% 50.0% 77.8%
Single Family 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 82.4% 100.0% 90.5% 93.8% 57.9% 94.1% 68.0% 66.7% 100.0% 55.6% 71.4%
Condominium -- -- 100.0% -- -- 100.0% 80.0% 100.0% 100.0% 66.7% -- 100.0% 100.0% -- 100.0%
Building with 2-4 Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- --


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 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1


Population and Age

Population and Age


Indicator Value
Total Population 27,247
Share of Population Aged under 18 28.7%
Share of Population Aged 18 to 44 20.7%
Share of Population Aged 45 to 64 31.4%
Share of Population Aged over 65 19.2%


Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is White 80.8%
Share of Population that is African American 0.7%
Share of Population that is Hispanic or Latino 2.7%
Share of Population that is Asian 12.8%
Share of Population that is Some Other Race 3.0%


Household Income

Household Income


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,717
Share of Households with Income Less than $25,000 6.9%
Share of Households with Income $25,000 to $50,000 8.7%
Share of Households with Income $50,000 to $100,000 16.8%
Share of Households with Income $100,000 or More 67.6%


Poverty Rate

Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level


Indicator Value
Share of Population that is under the Poverty Level 3.1%


Resident Tenure

Total Households


Indicator Value
Total Households 9,717


Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Owner-Occupied 87.3%


Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied


Indicator Value
Share of Households that are Renter-Occupied 12.7%


Cost Burdened Households

Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Owner-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 25.0%


Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of Renter-Occupied Households that are Cost-Burdened 45.4%


Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened


Indicator Value
Share of All Households that are Cost-Burdened 27.5%