Sources and Methods: State and Local Eviction Risk Fact Sheets

This document shares the sources and methods for our eviction risk fact sheets produced in 2021. For sources used in state-level analyses produced in 2020, please refer to this document. For sources and methodology used in local-level analyses produced in 2020, please refer to the link provided in the individual fact sheets.

Number of households behind on rent; share of renter households behind on rent by race/ethnicity and by income: Household Pulse Survey data from the US Census. The time period used in the analysis is listed under the “Sources and notes” section of each fact sheet. The race/ethnicity of the household is based on the race/ethnicity of the householder. Latinos include people of Hispanic origin of any race and all other groups are non-Hispanic.

Total rent debt and average rent debt per household: PolicyLink/ERI analysis of Week 21 Household Pulse Survey, 2019 1-Year American Community Survey, Community Housing Improvement Program rent-regulated apartments survey, and Research Institute for Housing America’s (RIHA) analysis of data from the USC “Understanding America” panel survey. Detailed methodology can be found here

Unemployment rate: For California, the data are from the California Employment Development Department. The unemployment rate figures used are seasonally adjusted and the average is taken from April through November of each year.

Estimated Covid-19 cases and related deaths attributable to eviction moratorium: Estimates for California reported directly by the authors of “Expiring Eviction Moratoriums and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality” and not yet incorporated into the published paper.