Estimating eviction prevalence across the United States

Ashley Gromis, Ian Fellows, James R. Hendrickson, Lavar Edmonds, Lillian Leung, Adam Porton, Matthew Desmond

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SignificanceSeveral negative effects of forced displacement have been well documented, yet we lack reliable measurement of eviction risk in the national perspective. This prevents accurate estimations of the scope and geography of the problem as well as evaluations of policies to reduce housing loss. We construct a nationwide database of eviction filings in the United States. Doing so reveals that 2.7 million households, on average, are threatened with eviction each year; that the highest eviction filing rates are not concentrated solely in high-cost urban areas; and that state-level housing policies are strongly associated with county-level eviction filing risk. These data facilitate an expanded research agenda on the causes and consequences of eviction lawsuits in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e2116169119
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 24 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


  • eviction
  • housing policy
  • residential inequality


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