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This map shows how many homeless Americans there are in every state

This map shows how many homeless Americans there are in every state
Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from HUD



Homelessness is a tragedy that strikes thousands of Americans every year.




The Department of Housing and Urban Development publishes annual estimates of the homeless population in the US and in each state.




As the above map shows, homelessness rates were very high on the West Coast, in the Northeast, and in Hawaii and Alaska.




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Homelessness is a tragedy that strikes thousands of Americans every year. As we move into the winter months, nights are getting colder, and it's increasingly dangerous for people without access to shelter.
Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development publishes a report to Congress on the state of the homeless population in the US. One of the core elements of the report is a "point in time estimate," or an annual count of the homeless population across the country taken on a single night in late January.
The above map shows the number of homeless people in the HUD's count in January 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, per 10,000 residents of each state in that year.
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