Beyond Urban Displacement: Suburban Poverty and Eviction

Peter Hepburn, Devin Q. Rutan, Matthew Desmond

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Eviction has been studied almost exclusively as an urban phenomenon. The growing suburbanization of poverty in the United States, however, provides new cause to analyze the prevalence and correlates of displacement beyond cities. This study analyzes urban-suburban disparities in eviction rates across 71 large metropolitan areas. We show that eviction is a common experience in suburbs as well as cities. Urban eviction rates exceed suburban rates in most cases, but one in six metropolitan areas experienced higher eviction rates in the suburbs. Multilevel models show that key correlates of eviction—especially poverty and median rent—influence eviction patterns differently in urban and suburban contexts. We explore variations in urban-suburban disparities through case studies of Milwaukee, Seattle, and Miami. Metropolitan areas with larger shifts toward suburban poverty, more expensive urban rental markets, and more segregated suburbs experience more suburban evictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-792
Number of pages34
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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