Eight out of the 10 towns with the largest number of increases in empty
homes were located south of Chicago, according to the latest Census
data. Ford Heights was at the top of the list, jumping from 3.4 percent
in 2000 to 15.3 percent in 2010, which means one out of every six homes
are now empty. The Sun-Times looked at towns with a population of 1,000 or more in a surrounding six-county metro area.