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Number of homeless people in the U.S., by race 2018

Estimated number of homeless people in the United States in 2018, by race

by Erin Duffin, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of homeless people in the U.S., by race 2018 In 2018, there were an estimated 270,568 white homeless people in the United States, the most out of any ethnicity. However, there were around 282,262 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 week 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.
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Estimated number of homeless people in the United States in 2018, by race

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