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Cities Having The Largest Homeless Populations In U.S.

Compared to the previous year, the 2023 annual homelessness report reveals that half of the homeless population lives in urban areas or major cities.

December 27, 2023

The entire Boston is Homeless. According to the latest annual homelessness assessment report, the city’s population of around 650,000 people is homeless compared to the number of homeless people on a single night in early 2023.

The report reveals the funding decisions of Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On a single night in January 2023, around 653,100 people were experiencing homelessness in the U.S. The report on homelessness relies on volunteers, community surveys, outreach staff, and shelter estimates to gather data on homeless populations each January.

The report has managed to provide a picture of the country’s homeless population since 2007. Compared to 2022, there was a 12% increase in homelessness in 2023. This equals an additional 70,650 people experiencing homelessness.

The report reveals that a significant portion of the homeless population is concentrated in major cities, particularly New York City and Los Angeles, which together account for nearly 25% of the total homeless population in the United States as of the 2023 count. Since 2020, there has been a notable increase in unsheltered and chronic homelessness, while homelessness among families with children has seen a smaller rise, and homelessness among veterans has decreased.

Chronic homelessness has increased nearly 30% between 2020 and 2023 which means around 143,100 people experiencing homelessness.

According to the report, most people experiencing chronic homelessness were unsheltered which means they were sleeping in tents, streets, cars, or other forms of temporary housing.

Despite the availability of more beds due to the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, 40% of people were experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Also, more than half of this unsheltered population lies in major cities in the U.S.

A majority of the 25 major U.S. cities with the highest rates of homelessness have experienced an increase in their homeless populations, although seven of them reported smaller homeless populations in 2023 compared to 2020. Notably, eight of the top 25 cities with the highest rates of homelessness are located in California, and several cities in Texas also appear on the list.

According to a 2023 report, there are 25 major cities in the U.S. having the largest homeless population.

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Haines Julia. “The 25 U.S. Cities With Largest Homeless Populations”. US News, December 27, 2023,
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