Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Chicago Housing Market Information

With a population of 2,716,450, 1,046,789 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $265,071, Chicago real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Chicago, accounting for 40.94% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Chicago include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 29.57%), single-family detached homes ( 25.86%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.42%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.

People in Chicago primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) units, chiefly found in large apartment complexes or high rise apartments. Chicago has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in Chicago was primarily built before 1939 ( 43.06%), making the housing stock in Chicago some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Chicago. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 31.12%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 16.22%). There's also some housing in Chicago built between 2000 and later ( 9.61%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Chicago. Fully 12.79% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Chicago homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Chicago real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Chicago Home Appreciation Rates

Chicago's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Chicago during the period has been just 0.17%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Chicago's appreciation rate, at 4.17%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Chicago's appreciation rate has been 0.39%, which annualizes to a rate of 1.58%.

Relative to Illinois, our data show that Chicago's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Illinois.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Chicago differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Chicago - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Chicago real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,174,000 3.3
$881,001 - $1,174,000 2.9
$587,001 - $881,000 7.7
$470,001 - $587,000 7.2
$352,001 - $470,000 14.4
$235,001 - $352,000 23.3
$117,001 - $235,000 28.9
$59,001 - $117,000 8.7
$0 - $59,000 3.6

Very High for IL
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
24.029197080292 15.0632911392405

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Chicago Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q4 - 2019 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q1
54.84% 2.30%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,300 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 43.61
Renters 56.39
Vacant 12.79

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 9.6
1970 - 1999 16.2
1940 - 1969 31.1
1939 or Older 43.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 25.9
Townhomes 3.4
Small Apt. Buildings 29.6
Apt. Complexes 40.9
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 6.56
1 Bedroom 20.13
2 Bedrooms 34.58
3 Bedrooms 26.98
4 Bedrooms 8.33
5 or more bedrooms 3.42