Finding Gentrification

An independent big data project:

Using housing data to develop an accurate model for quantifying gentrification across the US. Using this model, commuity leaders could be able to identify and act upon gentrification before and as it occurs rather than after the fact.

Checkout Our Results

National Map

Gentrification Nationwide

We used housing website Zillow's housing value tracking feature to track housing values in areas across the country. You can find the most recent version of the data set we used here. You can learn about the details of our project here. And if you have any questions, comments, feedback, or think our data is wildly off, you can contact us at

Below is a map of our results. Feel free to explore your hometown and compare our results to your observations. The darker red is more gentrified and the darker green is not/less gentrified. Note: Brooklyn and Queens have had their Zip Codes changed which makes it quite dificult to track.

Examination of Philidelphia

Gentrification in Queen Village

Once we had compiled our national data, we then looked to confirm that gentrification was indeed occuring in this Queen Village (the darkest red area in the center) by reffering to articles in local news papers. We found an article in the Philly Declaration which reffered to the area as a “gentrification project.”

Examination of Portland

Gentrification in Ladd's Addition

It is widely known at this point that Portland is the posterchild for gentrification. And at the heart of this is the neighborhood of Ladd's Addition (dark red in the center of the city). Like Philidelphia, we wanted to confirm these results with a local paper's first-hand account, which we did in the The Origonian.

How Does this Model Work?