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States with the most homelessness

  • #31. Wyoming

    - State homeless population, 2019: 548 (0.09% of state population, -14.2% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 68.6% men, 31.4% women
    - Race demographics: 83.2% White, 5.7% Black or African American, 0.0% Asian, 5.3% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 12.2% Hispanic/Latino, 87.8% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Data not available

    A lack of services to address mental health problems and substance abuse in Wyoming is contributing to homelessness in the state, according to Better Wyoming. Some shelters in the state have a zero-tolerance policy against the use of drugs and alcohol, which could leave some homeless people out in the cold in the middle of winter.

  • #30. Delaware

    - State homeless population, 2019: 921 (0.10% of state population, -14.9% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 59.3% men, 40.5% women
    - Race demographics: 40.4% White, 51.9% Black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 9.0% Hispanic/Latino, 91.0% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Data not available

    A lack of affordable rental homes is contributing to homelessness in Delaware. For every 100 Delaware households that are considered in poverty and need a place to rent, there are just 24 available rental homes in their price range, according to Housing Alliance Delaware, which was cited in an article by Christina Jedra of The News Journal.

  • #29. New Jersey

    - State homeless population, 2019: 8,862 (0.10% of state population, -5.7% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 59.4% men, 40.4% women
    - Race demographics: 40.0% White, 55.4% Black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.9% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 20.2% Hispanic/Latino, 79.8% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Data not available

    Job loss, trauma, substance abuse issues, systemic poverty, and domestic abuse are some of the reasons that people in New Jersey are homeless, according to Goodwill Rescue Mission. Around a quarter of the state's homeless population is found in Essex County.

  • #28. Rhode Island

    - State homeless population, 2019: 1,055 (0.10% of state population, -4.2% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 65.4% men, 33.9% women
    - Race demographics: 62.1% White, 29.3% Black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 1.6% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 24.3% Hispanic/Latino, 75.7% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Data not available

    The homeless population in Rhode Island primarily consists of the working poor, according to Crossroads Rhode Island. Living paycheck to paycheck makes them particularly vulnerable to homelessness if an unexpected expense, job loss, or illness pops up in their lives.

  • #27. Oklahoma

    - State homeless population, 2019: 3,944 (0.10% of state population, +1.9% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 65.4% men, 34.3% women
    - Race demographics: 61.6% White, 19.1% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 12.2% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 6.9% Hispanic/Latino, 93.1% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Oklahoma City (1,273 people, 32.3% of state homeless population)

    Oklahoma City recently approved a $50 million investment in affordable housing to help eliminate homelessness. Some residents are concerned that the plan may encourage homeless people from other cities and states to move to Oklahoma City, according to Erika Stanish of Fox25.

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  • #26. Georgia

    - State homeless population, 2019: 10,443 (0.10% of state population, +9.9% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 63.3% men, 36.1% women
    - Race demographics: 30.4% White, 65.2% Black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 5.2% Hispanic/Latino, 94.8% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Atlanta (3,217 people, 30.8% of state homeless population)

    Homelessness in Georgia has been increasing in recent years. Some advocates and service providers blame a dwindling supply of affordable housing for the increased rates of homelessness, according to Jill Nolin of the Georgia Recorder.

  • #25. Missouri

    - State homeless population, 2019: 6,179 (0.10% of state population, +5.0% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 55.9% men, 43.6% women
    - Race demographics: 51.2% White, 41.6% Black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 1.2% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 5.0% Hispanic/Latino, 95.0% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit/Jackson, Wyandotte Counties, MO & KS (1,979 people, 32.0% of state homeless population)

    Kansas City, Missouri, passed a tenant’s bill of rights in December 2019 in an effort to protect renters and reduce homelessness. It referred to data that found that at least 9,000 renter families in Jackson County alone were at risk of homelessness due to the number of eviction filings in 2018.

  • #24. Pennsylvania

    - State homeless population, 2019: 13,199 (0.10% of state population, -2.3% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 58.9% men, 40.7% women
    - Race demographics: 43.3% White, 51.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 11.8% Hispanic/Latino, 88.2% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Philadelphia (5,735 people, 43.5% of state homeless population)

    A lack of living-wage jobs is contributing to homelessness in Philadelphia, according to Project Home. Other reasons that drive people into homelessness include a shortage of affordable housing, the disparity between the cost of apartment rentals and minimum wage and other sources of income, high cost of health care, and a lack of support for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

  • #23. New Hampshire

    - State homeless population, 2019: 1,396 (0.10% of state population, -3.7% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 54.3% men, 44.8% women
    - Race demographics: 84.0% White, 7.2% Black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 11.8% Hispanic/Latino, 88.2% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Manchester (461 people, 33.0% of state homeless population)

    New Hampshire does not have enough affordable housing, and that's causing many people to become homeless, according to Dr. Cathy Kuhn of The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, who was cited in an article by Sarah Gibson of New Hampshire Public Radio. While renters’ incomes have ticked up, they haven’t increased at the same price as housing costs.

  • #22. Maryland

    - State homeless population, 2019: 6,561 (0.11% of state population, -8.2% change from 2018)
    - Gender demographics: 61.7% men, 38.0% women
    - Race demographics: 36.4% White, 57.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.7% Native American or Alaska Native
    - Ethnicity demographics: 4.1% Hispanic/Latino, 95.9% Non-Hispanic/Latino
    - Urban area with the largest homeless population: Baltimore (2,294 people, 35.0% of state homeless population)

    The high cost of housing in Maryland is making it hard for many people to afford a place to live, according to Health Care for the Homeless. The organization estimates that a person would need to work more than three full-time jobs at minimum wage to cover the fair market rent for an apartment with two bedrooms in the state.

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