Where Homelessness Is Most, Least Prevalent

A picture of a tent encampment of houseless residents in a city park.

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More than 575,000 people in the U.S. are considered homeless—that’s larger than the total populations of major cities like Atlanta and Miami, according to a LendingTree study, citing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data.

California, New York, and Florida have the largest homeless populations in the nation. Those states alone comprise nearly half of the total U.S. homeless population. On the other hand, North Dakota, Wyoming, and South Dakota have the smallest homeless populations, according to the LendingTree analysis.

In general, researchers found that states with the most expensive housing tend to have proportionally higher homeless populations.