Microblog #65: Race, submarkets, and evictions

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Have More Evictions than Others?

We know Richmond City has a high eviction rate—but those evictions are intensely concentrated in some neighborhoods and not others. To examine this spatial variation, a new report from RVA Eviction Lab takes a deeper look at this neighborhood-level eviction data, and examines what factors have measurable effects on the eviction rate.

Here’s what the data showed:

  • Neighborhood racial composition is a significant factor in determining eviction rates, even after controlling for income, property value, and other characteristics.
  • As the share of the African American population increases, the eviction rate increases.
  • As the share of non-Hispanic Whites increases, the eviction rate decreases.

These findings raise additional questions about underlying mechanisms that make neighborhood racial composition a significant factor in eviction, both in terms of lower rates in White neighborhoods and higher rates in Black neighborhoods. Previous research has found that the scale and structure of ownership and eviction rates are connected.

American housing markets, including those in Virginia and Richmond, are institutionally and spatially segmented by race and class. There is not one integrated regional housing market, but many submarkets in which different property owners and managers operate. We can expect the routes leading to eviction will vary by place and therefore must be examined geographically.

***Guest blog and map by Benjamin Teresa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Urban/Regional Studies & Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University***


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