Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago

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  • DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies
Chicago Displacement Map

IHS's new mapping tool allows users to explore areas where 1) house prices recently appreciated at levels above the city average and where 2) a significant share of residents are vulnerable to displacement due to factors such as income, housing cost burden, and housing tenure type. It features the ability to examine market conditions associated with displacement risk surrounding current and planned projects. Users can explore high-cost areas in the city where gentrification is likely well underway; moderate-cost communities where displacement risk could be accelerated with certain projects or initiatives, especially if near transit, other existing amenities, or high-cost real estate markets; lower-cost areas that have seen recent market movement but still require significant investment. By visualizing the intersection of current market conditions and underlying vulnerability to displacement, the Mapping Displacement Pressure in Chicago tool provides stakeholders with a data-informed starting point for developing neighborhood-level housing policy strategies that preserve affordability.


2015 5-year sample estimates from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS); data on violent crime from the City of Chicago data portal; data from the IHS Data Clearinghouse on the housing stock; and data from the 2009-2016 Department of Housing and Urban Development Picture of Subsidized Households. Additionally, data from the 2010 Decennial Census and data from the 2000 Decennial Census processed using the Brown University US 2010 project algorithm were used in post-analysis. The City of Chicago was studied at the census-tract level, with census tracts defined by the year 2010 Decennial Census; a total of 796 census tracts were analyzed.


Chicago Trust, MacArthur Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation, PNC Bank Foundation