Eviction filings in Jackson County, MO (Kansas City) fell sharply in April 2020. Compared to equivalent periods in previous years (2012–2015), eviction filings were down nearly 80% in April and May. Filings have increased slightly since then but remain below historical averages.
More detail on eviction protections in Missouri can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.
Eviction filings in Kansas City were slightly below average in January and February of 2020.1 Filings dropped sharply in April and cases have slightly increased since then but remain below historical averages.2
Eviction filings aren’t spread evenly across cities: a small number of buildings are responsible for a disproportionate share of eviction cases. This pattern, which existed before the pandemic, has continued in 2020 and 2021. We analyzed eviction records in Kansas City (Jackson County) to determine where the most cases are being filed during the pandemic. This is a list of eviction hot spots—the 10 buildings responsible for the most filings—over the course of the full pandemic and over the last eight weeks. We also display the plaintiff name most often listed with a given building in the court filings.
Eviction Hotspot data will be updated monthly.
Jackson County is divided into 199 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2
American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, Latinx, or Other/None. In January and February 2020, eviction filings were concentrated in majority-white and majority-Black neighborhoods. By April, eviction filings dropped steeply across all neighborhoods, though they have since increased back closer to historical averages.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in 2012–2015.1