A new database compiled by renowned sociologist Matthew Desmond gives us the clearest picture yet of the silent epidemic of displacement in the U.S.
The author-researcher and his team combed through 80 million eviction records across the country to come up with the statistics, which are far less grim here in Silicon Valley compared to regions on the East Coast. Keep in mind, though, that the Eviction Lab only tracked court-enforced evictions, which is just one form of displacement.
The number of evictions recorded in San Jose in 2016. That comes to 1.58 households evicted every day in the city of a million-plus people, which is down from 738 evictions in 2015 and 1,097 the year before that. And it’s nowhere near the rate of little North Charleston, South Carolina, which saw the highest number of evictions in the U.S., with 3,660 evictions in the same time frame.
The number of court filings from the year 2000 to 2016 that Desmond and his team combed through nationwide to come up with their Eviction Lab database. The first-of-its-kind tally showed that in 2016, landlords ousted 2,461 people a day throughout the U.S. for a grand total of 2.3 million evicted households. That’s a conservative estimate, however, because it only counts evictions that touched the legal process.
The number of court-documented evictions in all of Santa Clara County in 2016, or about 2.37 evictions a day, which is a considerable drop from 1,596 in 2014 and 1,148 in 2015. But it’s way down from the 2,340 evictions recorded in the county in 2000.
Just about 1 in every 3 households in San Jose are considered rent burdened, which means they pay more than a third of their combined income on rent. Being rent burdened puts people at greater risk of displacement.
The number of California households evicted 2016—which is less than half the number evicted during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009.
Source: Eviction Lab