Number of homeless people in the U.S., by race 2019

In 2019, there were an estimated 270,607 white homeless people in the United States, the most out of any ethnicity. However, there were around 297,108 minority homeless people in the U.S.

How homelessness is counted

The actual number of homeless individuals in the U.S. is difficult to measure. The Department of Housing and Urban Development uses point-in-time estimates, where employees and volunteers count both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people during the last 10 days of January. However, it is very likely that the actual number of homeless individuals is much higher than the estimates, which makes it difficult to say just how many homeless there are in the United States.

Unsheltered homeless in the United States

California is well-known in the U.S. for having a high homeless population, and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego all have high proportions of unsheltered homeless people. While in many states, the Department of Housing and Urban Development says that there are more sheltered homeless people than unsheltered, this estimate is most likely in relation to the method of estimation.

Estimated number of homeless people in the United States in 2019, by race

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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

The number of homeless people is based on point in time estimates, unduplicated one-night estimates of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. They are carried out nationwide during the last 10 days of January of each year by Continuums of Care (CoC).

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