Eviction Lab Research

Last Updated: July 10, 2023

The Eviction Lab aims to analyze the prevalence, causes, and consequences of eviction in America. This page highlights key findings from our research and provides links to more detailed summaries, reports, and academic articles.

The Prevalence, Concentration, and Geography of Eviction

One of our key goals is to offer an accurate picture of how common eviction is across the United States. We developed the first nationwide estimates of the prevalence of eviction, allowing us to describe how these cases are unevenly distributed both between and within states.

Key Findings

Nationwide, 3.6 million evictions were filed in 2018 against 2.7 million unique households.

Every year, 7.6 million individual renters are threatened with eviction, many of them children.

Nearly one-third of all evictions filed in 2014 were repeated cases against the same household at the same address.

In many cities, a small set of landlords are consistently responsible for a large share of evictions.

We have analyzed eviction risk in suburban communities, showing how, in most cases, eviction rates in these communities have increased over time.

People at Risk of Eviction

Consequences of Eviction

Tools to Address the Eviction Crisis

Eviction and Eviction Protections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Landlords and Rental Markets

Eviction, Housing, and Zoning Data

The process of building and conducting research with the national eviction database has provided insights into the potential and the challenges of working with administrative data from the courts, as well as publicly available parcel, zoning, and land use resources.

Key Findings