Oct 11, 2021 - News
Mapped: How Philadelphia-area rent debt compares
Data: National Equity Atlas; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Nearly 40,000 households in Philadelphia County are behind on rent, owing an average of $2,300, according to Census data analyzed by National Equity Atlas.

  • That's slightly less than the average American household, which owes around $2,550. It's also lower than the average rent debt in its neighboring suburban counties.

Yes, but: Philadelphia generally has a lower cost of living compared to the surrounding suburbs.

Why it matters: The city's emergency COVID-19 tenant protections expired in September, which means landlords can charge late fees again and are no longer required to make repayment plans with tenants who are behind on rent.

Between the lines: Although Philly is below the national average, it’s still the poorest of the largest U.S. cities with over 20% living at or below the poverty line.

  • Tenants living in majority Black areas of the city face eviction filings at more than two times the rate of other areas, according to the Reinvestment Fund, an analytics firm.
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