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Chicago Community Areas Files

The City of Chicago has 77 defined community areas.  In order to research the Census's American Fact Finder and American Community Survey, you will need to use addresses, zip codes, or legislative districts to get information about an area.  Zip Codes do not have the exact same boundaries os the Chicago community areas, but are useful. 

Chicago

**I recommend that you try these first.

  • **Chicago Tribune's Chicago Community Profiles
    Tribune articles about local communities, and also maps and facts about communities and Chicago neighborhoods. Click on "Local Data" on the very bottom of this page. (January 2017)
  • Selected socioeconomic indicators in Chicago, 2008 – 2012 (Census data)
    This dataset contains a selection of six socioeconomic indicators of public health significance and a “hardship index,” by Chicago community area, for the years 2008 – 2012. The indicators are the percent of occupied housing units with more than one person per room (i.e., crowded housing); the percent of households living below the federal poverty level; the percent of persons in the labor force over the age of 16 years that are unemployed; the percent of persons over the age of 25 years without a high school diploma; the percent of the population under 18 or over 64 years of age (i.e., dependency); and per capita income. Indicators for Chicago as a whole are provided in the final row of the table.
  • **US Census FactFinder
    Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your community.
    Enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code:
  • **MetroPulse Chicago Area community Profiles (including Chicago Neighborhoods
    All Community Data Snapshots were updated in June 2016 with new information from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010-14 American Community Survey, Longitudinal Employment-Household Dynamics data for 2014, and 2014/2015 data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Updated data cover topics like housing, educational attainment, household income, and other population characteristics.
  • Chicago Community Area 2000 Census Report
    NOTE for up-to-date Metro profile, see MetroPulse Chicago Area Community Profiles, updated 2016. This is an archived City of Chicago Web Site. The following Community Area maps include tables that show demographic profiles compiled in 1990 and 2000 by the U. S. Census Bureau, and feature data changes in population, housing, social, and economic characteristics. This site has not been updated with 2010 Census data as of January 2017 .
  • Metropulse Chicago
    MetroPulse provide tables, charts and maps to help you visualize over 200 different indicators online. Wondering about poverty rates, foreclosures, crime—and how your neighborhood stacks up? Visit MetroPulse and get answers today. "Drill deeper into data" link enables you to search by neighborhood, community, etc. and select indicators.
  • City of Chicago Geographic Information
    Authoritative source of data about Chicago and its community areas and neighborhoods. Interactive maps, and descriptions of political boundaries, neighborhood boundaries, census tracts, etc. Its all here. Raw GIS data is available to download if you have GIS software.
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • Wild Onions.org
    The WildOnions.org interface offers a visually compelling and highly organized collection of information, images, maps, and personal knowledge about the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Ignore the advertising, and look for the neighborhood and Metro are interactive maps that connect to demographic data.
  • Census.gov and American Community Survey
    Basic reports from the 2010 census are available.
  • Radical Cartography of Chicago
    Imaging using dots on a Chicago community map based on 2000 census data.
  • City of Chicago 2000 Census Maps PDF files
    These maps are printable ready-made maps in portable document format (.pdf). A portable document reader, such as Adobe Reader is needed to display maps.The following maps were created from the demographic profiles, based on the both the Census 2000 short-form (Summary File 1 data) and long-form (Summary File 3 data), are adapted from the U.S. Census Bureau's release on May 14, 2002.
  • Chicago's Community Information Technology & Neighborhood Early Warning System (CityNews).
    CityNews is an interactive website that allows users to obtain data about properties in their community (News) and indicators about their community (City). In addition to the specific housing data, we now allow you to look at overall statistics in neighborhoods.There are two main sections of CityNews: the Parcel Search & Tabular Data Section, and the Interactive Mapping Component. You can switch between these two sections by clicking on the Property Search or Mapping button in the menu bar.

Illinois

How are Chicago Neighborhoods Formed? from WBEZ

 

Library Books

Shelved At the Reference Desk:

Local Community Fact Book - 1995 - William Erbe (Editor)
Call Number: REF. HA 730 .C5 L63 1995
ISBN: 0914091603
Publication Date: 1985-07-01

Local Community Fact Book-1984 - Chicago Fact Book Consortium Staff
Call Number: HA 730 .C5 63 1984
ISBN: 0914091611
Publication Date: 1984-09-01

Local Community Fact Book - 1949 - Louis Wirth and Eleanor H. Bernert, eds.
Call Number: REF. HA 730 .C5 A63X 1949
Publication Date: 1949

Economic Factbook for Northeastern Illinois - 1982 - Northeastern IL Planning Commission
Call Number: REF. HC 108 .C4 E3x
Publication Date: 1982
Not in Voyager! 3/5/2014 Shelved behind the Reference Desk

Regional Profile of Chicago's South Suburbs 1986 - The Fantus Company
Call Number: REF. HT 394 .C4 F36x 1986
Publication Date: 1986
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