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Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park is a low- to middle-income, mixed African-American and Hispanic neighborhood that has begun to show significant signs of gentrification on its eastern end, east of Humboldt Park itself -- although that slowed in the past few years as the housing market has cooled.

One of the “crown jewels” of the city’s park system, Humboldt Park provides a central meeting point for the neighborhood and a wealth of open space in a part of the city that otherwise has relatively little.

The area boasts a Puerto Rican-themed commercial strip called “Paseo Boricua” along Division Street and more shops along North Avenue, with industrial areas on its southern and western fringes. Most housing stock dates back 80 to 120 years, although newer developments have begun to spring up particularly to the east, leading to fears of increased displacement.

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, the lead agency in the neighborhood, has played a key role in keeping the Humboldt Park affordable for long-time residents. See the 2005 Quality-of-Life Plan. And learn more about the neighborhood on the Humboldt Park portal.

Humboldt Park Community Area


Population (2010) 63,416 down 5% from 2000
Racial/ethnic makeup (2010) 45% African American, 47% Latino, 5% white  


Total occupied units (2010) 17,065 down 6% from 2000
Owned housing units (2010) 7,206 up 5% from 2000


Median household income (2010) $34,315 up 18% from 2000
Percentage above $50,000 32% 15% above $75,000

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