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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lehigh Valley Evictions, By the Numbers

On Monday, I told you where municipalities are growing fastest here in the Lehigh Valley. Where are they trying to get rid of you? Thanks to Eviction Lab, a project of Princeton, I can tell you based on data from 2016.

Statewide, about 80 renters, usually single mothers with children, are evicted daily. Two of  those renters will be from Allentown. The actual eviction rate in Allentown is 2.79%, and the filing rate is much larger, at 13.3%  Both are about twice the state average. But so is the poverty rate. Statewide, the poverty rate is 9.29%, but in Allentown, it is 22.44%. Allentown's rent burden, i.e. the amount of disposable income going to rent, is 37.5%.

Easton is nearly as impoverished as Allentown, with a poverty rate of 17.57%. Yet its evictions are much lower. Though it has an eviction filing rate of nearly 10%, the actual eviction rate is only 0.91%, far lower than Allentown. In Easton, the rent burden is only 33.4%

Bethlehem, which has a 13.16% poverty rate, has an eviction rate of 1.51% There, the rental burden is 32.1%

In all three cities, about half of the housing stock consists of renter homes as follows: Allentown (53.92%), Easton (53.44%) and Bethlehem (49.16%).

In the two counties, Northampton County's eviction rate of 1.4% is slightly lower that Lehigh County's 1.93%. The most likely reason for this is that Northampton County's poverty rate of 6.78% is below Lehigh County's 9.68%. 

You can use  Eviction Lab to check out how frequent evictions are in your community. In Nazareth, where I live, there were 26 eviction filings in 2016. But only 6 actual evictions.

I could have sworn I was evicted 7 times. 

18 comments:

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Anonymous said...

You gotta pay or the couch don't stay.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Two bigoted remarks have been deleted. This is not a hate blog. If you want to post hate, honestly identify yourself so we all know who you are.

Anonymous said...

Listen there is no doubt that the picture you used is clearly accurate. You see that all around the Valley now a days. The fact is we have a huge migratory population that come and go and generally leave destruction in their wake. Landlords have to clean up the mess. That is just the facts.

Ryan Hall said...

Interesting piece. I would have to check my files but the eviction rate in Nazareth has to be much higher than that. Are pay & stays counted the same as strait possessions?

Anonymous said...

You weren't "evicted 7 times. You were "CONVICTED 7 times". Now we have to figure out....what for?
Hokie Joe

Anonymous said...

So, it seems the lehigh valley has growth in number of residents, but you article indicates a problem, it is easy to increase the population, but is it a population with the skills and inclination to be self sufficient. If it is not then the increase is a handicap not an asset.

Anonymous said...


Investing in real state and starting rental property is a business.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Ryan Hall, If your data s different, please share it. The University of Princeton is not God.

Ryan Hall said...

Will do.....considering i serve & execute the orders out of that district, I'd be intrigued to see if the numbers match

Bernie O'Hare said...

2016 is the year they used, Ryan. What happened to Constable Smith? Is he ok?

Bernie O'Hare said...

”You weren't "evicted 7 times. You were "CONVICTED 7 times". Now we have to figure out....what for?”

Being too handsome.

Anonymous said...

The midnight movers are everywhere. The Valley is now a destination point for the takers. Sad. Very sad. They should never have built I-78. It is the corridor of crime.

Peter J.Cochran said...

Bernie , it takes about 45 days to evict people do to normal sequences of events with the court and the constable assignment. I know the rules as a was once one. Take it from me - you want a bad tenant out ASAP ? You bring in a box of flees ,they come in a box like the raisins in your school lunch — that I bought ,that people feed little critters in cages ,and let them out on the rug . Don’t worry they tithe deadbeats move on their own . The clean up is cheaper than rent loss.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the GPA can fix this.

Anonymous said...

Even with a shitty lawyer, those convictions were surely overturned

BlackSox'sSam said...

Murray and Fleck in the Valley =move to Memphis.Northampton has a Judge (Murray) fixed an All Star Vote for his Son Joseph.What other verdict will he fix ?.