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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Methodology: NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more
With 2,705,994 people, 1,056,118 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $272,364, Chicago real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Chicago home values aren't among America's most expensive.
Large apartment complexes or high rise apartments are the single most common housing type in Chicago, accounting for 40.93% 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 ( 29.39%), single-family detached homes ( 25.98%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.49%). Cities with mostly row houses, apartments, and other high density housing types are relatively uncommon, and characteristic of compact cities that frequently have a downtown or other neighborhoods where amenities are within walking distance and a lot of street life can be seen.
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 ( 42.68%), 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 ( 31.11%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 16.09%). There's also some housing in Chicago built between 2000 and later ( 10.12%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Chicago. Fully 12.63% 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.
Real estate appreciation rates in Chicago's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging 2.11% during the period.
Over the last year, Chicago appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Chicago's appreciation rate has been 4.04%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Chicago were at 0.92%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 3.75%.
Relative to Illinois, our data show that Chicago's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 50% 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.
|$872,001 - $1,163,000||2.6|
|$581,001 - $872,000||7.0|
|$465,001 - $581,000||7.1|
|$349,001 - $465,000||13.6|
|$233,001 - $349,000||22.8|
|$116,001 - $233,000||30.5|
|$58,001 - $116,000||9.6|
|$0 - $58,000||3.8|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2019 Q4 - 2020 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2020 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q1 - 2020 Q1
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q1
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Chicago HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||10.1|
|1970 - 1999||16.1|
|1940 - 1969||31.1|
|1939 or Older||42.7|
|TYPE OF Chicago HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||29.4|
|SIZE OF Chicago HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||3.52|