Polonia

Location of Polonia in red

Figure 1: Location of Polonia in red

Comparison to other neighborhoods

Most of this page compares trends within Polonia across time, but this table compares it to the rest of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. It shows the percentile rank of Polonia in various categories for each year during 2000 to 2018. For example, in 2000 79% of neighborhoods contained fewer total residential units.
Table 1: Annual neighborhood percentile ranks, where 100 = the largest or highest amount and 1 = smallest or lowest
Percentile Rank
year Total Units1 Total single-family homes2 Total duplexes3 Total condos4 Median property value5 Median Value/ft.6 % Owner-occupied7 Sales rate8*
2000 79th 69th 85th 8th 41st 36th 42nd
2001 77th 69th 85th 10th 41st 36th 45th
2002 77th 69th 85th 11th 40th 38th 44th 80th
2003 77th 69th 85th 11th 36th 36th 49th 87th
2004 77th 69th 85th 11th 38th 35th 52nd 91st
2005 77th 69th 85th 12th 39th 38th 54th 68th
2006 77th 69th 85th 12th 46th 41st 58th 69th
2007 78th 69th 85th 14th 44th 40th 60th 56th
2008 78th 69th 84th 15th 42nd 38th 57th 45th
2009 78th 69th 85th 12th 41st 37th 58th 63rd
2010 78th 69th 85th 13th 36th 30th 58th 68th
2011 78th 69th 85th 13th 37th 31st 56th 54th
2012 79th 69th 85th 12th 39th 32nd 56th 55th
2013 79th 69th 85th 12th 42nd 41st 54th 48th
2014 79th 69th 85th 12th 42nd 42nd 54th 48th
2015 78th 69th 85th 11th 38th 39th 53rd 23rd
2016 79th 69th 85th 12th 38th 39th 53rd 41st
2017 79th 69th 85th 12th 38th 36th 51st 35th
2018 79th 69th 85th 12th 38th 38th 51st
Note: Percentile ranks are only calculated for neighborhoods which include the characteristic being measured. For example, a neighborhood with no condos is marked missing, while the neighborhood in the 1st percentile contains at least 1 condo.
1 Includes all homes, condos, and apartments
2 Total standalone 1-unit homes
3 Total 2-unit homes
4 Total condos
5 Median entire property value as assessed by the City
6 Median of (Improvements value) / (Useable square feet of building)
7 Percent of single-family, duplexes, and condos whose location is also the owner’s mailing address
8 Single-family, duplex, and condo sales as a percent of total single-family, duplex, and condo properties
* No sales data available for 2000-2001

Residential property values, 2000 to 2018

Total property value

This “violin” graph displays the distribution of home values in Polonia since 2000. The shapes for each year are widest at the property value where the most homes are located. Larger “violins” indicate more homes, while smaller shapes indicate fewer. The thin line through the graph shows the median home value for each year.

The table below contains the median home value for each year from 2000 to 2018. Values are adjusted to 2018 dollars, and properties assessed at $0 are ommitted. This is because those properties are not literally worth nothing. The city assesses them at $0 because they are owned by an entity which does not pay property taxes; therefore they contribute nothing to the city’s tax base directly.
Table 2: Median inflation-adjusted home values
Median property value
year single-family duplex condo
2000 $99,832 $113,885 $49,952
2001 $97,593 $111,332 $48,584
2002 $110,280 $127,011 $53,119
2003 $110,461 $125,384 $58,740
2004 $117,016 $136,197 $57,214
2005 $130,387 $148,178 $53,623
2006 $146,063 $177,167 $65,940
2007 $137,119 $166,943 $71,647
2008 $137,560 $163,622 $71,877
2009 $126,690 $143,871 $71,877
2010 $115,739 $127,640 $70,720
2011 $112,383 $123,755 $68,567
2012 $92,255 $101,620 $66,204
2013 $90,897 $99,902 $65,153
2014 $91,427 $99,849 $65,153
2015 $84,214 $94,036 $64,258
2016 $84,214 $94,036 $64,258
2017 $84,292 $92,067 $62,912
2018 $87,100 $97,100 $61,500

Value per square foot

This graph is similar to the graph above, except it shows property value per square foot, rather than the total. These statistics are calculated by dividing the value of improvements made to the parcel (namely the building) by the total useable floor area of the structure in square feet.

Residential units

The next three graphs show trends in the number of housing units and their occupancy status. “Owner-occupied” means the property owner lists that location as their mailing address. Additional units at each parcel may be rented, so the “owner-occupied” number given here should be understood as an upper bound; the real number is almost certainly lower. Non-owner-occupied units may either be rented or vacant. These three graphs show total units, so (for example) every one duplex counts as 2 units.

Total, 2000 to 2018

Single family homes

Duplexes

Condos

Totals by type

Property sales and owner-occupancy

Single-family homes, duplexes, and condos
Table 5: The unit of analysis is the parcel. Some parcels contain multiple units.
year Total sold Remain owner-occupied Owner-occupied to other Remain other occupied Other to owner-occupied
2002 59 73% 8% 3% 15%
2003 69 80% 1% 10% 9%
2004 79 80% 3% 8% 10%
2005 89 70% 7% 4% 19%
2006 85 61% 18% 6% 15%
2007 52 69% 10% 2% 19%
2008 25 60% 20% 4% 16%
2009 29 59% 21% 21% 0%
2010 14 43% 0% 7% 50%
2011 13 46% 15% 0% 38%
2012 16 25% 12% 19% 44%
2013 21 48% 29% 5% 19%
2014 21 48% 0% 24% 29%
2015 15 40% 13% 7% 40%
2016 24 38% 4% 12% 46%
2017 23 57% 0% 17% 26%

This table compares the owner-occupancy status before and after each sale for properties coded as “Residential” or “Condominium” in the previous table. As explained above, “owner-occupancy” means the property owner lists that parcel as their mailing address. Additional units at an owner-occupied address may be vacant or rented. In this table “other occupied” simply means the property owner does not maintain their mailing address at that location. The property could be rented, or it could be vacant.

  • If a property was coded as owner-occupied in the year prior to the sale, and it is still coded that way in the first available property record after the sale date, it is classified as “Remain owner-occupied.”
  • A property coded “owner-occupied” before the sale, but not after is classified as “Owner-occupied to other”
  • A property not coded “owner-occupied” before a sale, and which maintains that status after the sale, is classified “Remain other occupied.”
  • Properties which aren’t “owner-occupied” prior to the sale but become so afterward are classified “Other to owner-occupied.”