The Eviction Lab


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Today, the majority of poor renting families in America spend over half of their income on housing costs, and eviction is transforming their lives. Yet little is known about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of housing insecurity.

The Eviction Lab is a team of researchers, students, and website architects who believe that a stable, affordable home is central to human flourishing and economic mobility. Accordingly, understanding the sudden, traumatic loss of home through eviction is foundational to understanding poverty in America.

Drawing on tens of millions of records, the Eviction Lab at Princeton University has published the first ever dataset of evictions in America, going back to 2000. We hope you’ll join us in using the tools of the website to discover new facts about how eviction is shaping your community, raising awareness and working toward new solutions.

Join us at, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram (@evictionlab), and Twitter (@evictionlab). 

Learn more about the Eviction Lab in The New York Times, Fresh Air, and How Housing Matters.

Explore the Eviction Lab's work in person at the National Building Museum's exhibit, Evicted (April 2018-May 2019).