Kansas City, Missouri

Eviction filings in 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 2020. Filings rose in the following months.2

  1. Jackson County eviction filings are delayed in being uploaded to online court records. Recent data may be an undercounting.

  1. Data on renter population and median rent drawn from the American Community Survey (ACS). Details of the eviction process from the LSC Eviction Laws Database.

Filing Counts

Filing Rates Over the Past Year

Trends in eviction filings

This plot shows monthly eviction filings in Kansas City over the last year. Filings are displayed relative to the pre-pandemic average for the same set of months. You can toggle the plot to display filing counts and to extend the time frame back to January 2020.1 2

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012–2015
  2. Filing data for 2020 onward collected by January Advisors

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Eviction filings by defendant race/ethnicity and gender

There are often large racial/ethnic and gender disparities in eviction risk. Here, we estimate the demographic characteristics of those filed against for eviction over the last year. We compare to data from the ACS that show the share of renters in the same categories.1

Share of eviction filings

Share of renters

FILINGS OVER THE LAST YEAR BY DEFENDANT RACE/ETHNICITY AND GENDER

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  • Statistics rely on imputation of race/ethnicity and gender based on defendant names and addresses. We refer to “gender” throughout while acknowledging necessarily limitations of the imputation process and its inability to capture important subtleties in individuals’ gender identification. A complete description of this process can be found in the ETS methods page. ACS data are from 2015-2019 five-year estimates.

Eviction Hotspots

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 beyond. We analyzed eviction records in Kansas City (Jackson County) to determine where the most cases are being filed. This is a list of eviction hot spots—the 10 buildings responsible for the most filings—over the course of the last year. We also display the plaintiff name most often listed with a given building in the court filings. In the next section, we map the top 100 hotspots across the county.

Eviction Hotspot data are updated quarterly.

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The geography of eviction filings

Jackson County is divided into 199 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last year. 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

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012–2015
  2. Tract-level breakdown of renter race/ethnicity determined using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for 2015–2019.
  3. Tract-level eviction data are updated more regularly than eviction hotspots, which may result in some disagreement in filing counts.

On map, we also plot the location of the top 100 eviction hotspots in the county (see above). Hover over the circles to see more information about filings from these locations.3

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The demographics of eviction filings

Eviction filings by neighborhood race/ethnicity

American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, Latinx, or Other/None.

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 over the last year and average filings in 2012–2015.1

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012–2015

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Eviction filings by defendant race/ethnicity and gender

There are often large racial/ethnic and gender disparities in eviction risk. Here, we estimate the demographic characteristics of those filed against for eviction over the last year. We compare to data from the ACS that show the share of renters in the same categories.1

Share of eviction filings

Share of renters

FILINGS OVER THE LAST YEAR BY DEFENDANT RACE/ETHNICITY AND GENDER

Get the data for these figures
  • Statistics rely on imputation of race/ethnicity and gender based on defendant names and addresses. We refer to “gender” throughout while acknowledging necessarily limitations of the imputation process and its inability to capture important subtleties in individuals’ gender identification. A complete description of this process can be found in the ETS methods page. ACS data are from 2015-2019 five-year estimates.