Forced Displacement From Rental Housing: Prevalence and Neighborhood Consequences

Demography. 2015 Oct;52(5):1751-72. doi: 10.1007/s13524-015-0419-9.


Drawing on novel survey data of Milwaukee renters, this study documents the prevalence of involuntary displacement from housing and estimates its consequences for neighborhood selection. More than one in eight Milwaukee renters experienced an eviction or other kind of forced move in the previous two years. Multivariate analyses suggest that renters who experienced a forced move relocate to poorer and higher-crime neighborhoods than those who move under less-demanding circumstances. By providing evidence implying that involuntary displacement is a critical yet overlooked mechanism of neighborhood inequality, this study helps to clarify why some city dwellers live in much worse neighborhoods than their peers.

Keywords: Displacement; Eviction; Neighborhood selection; Residential mobility; Urban inequality.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Choice Behavior
  • Crime / statistics & numerical data
  • Housing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Population Dynamics
  • Prevalence
  • Racial Groups
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*