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Student Homelessness in the U.S.: How Do Cities Compare?

Homeless individuals are a vulnerable population, going without consistent housing, food, or life stability. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that 553,742 people went without a home on a single night in 2017. The exact number is impossible to calculate exactly, since these individuals often are in flux between different types of non-permanent housing situations, but it’s a significant problem across the U.S. nonetheless.

Within this population are homeless students who have the added challenge of trying to regularly attend school while going without a consistent place to live — not to mention these individuals are generally under the age of 18. Plus, it’s estimated that homeless youth are two to three times more likely to abuse substances than those who aren’t homeless.

Public school districts collect information about their student population, and the U.S. Department of Education makes this available. We decided to take a closer look at these numbers to see how cities across the U.S. compare when it comes to student homelessness. Our analysis includes the 100 largest cities, according to metropolitan area population size. We also found the three school districts in each state that have the highest count of students in this category.

See our recent analysis that details how many homeless students are present in each U.S. city, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education…[ ]

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