The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, a collection of researchers and students, has created the first publicly available database of evictions in the United States. The data contains 83 million court records from 2000-2016, and users can filter it to the town level. The database shows that there were nearly 900,000 evictions in the United States in 2016 and that some states have particularly high eviction rates. For example, South Carolina had an eviction rate of nearly nine percent in 2016 compared to two percent nationally. In addition, nine of the ten cities with the highest evictions rates are in the South.
Tracking Evictions in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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