L.A., San Diego Have Some of the Largest Homeless Populations in the U.S.
Los Angeles County has the second highest number of homeless residents of any region in the nation, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There were 49,955 homeless people living in L.A. in 2018, second only to New York City which had 78,676.
The number of unsheltered homeless was far worse in L.A. than the Big Apple. 75% of L.A.’s homeless live on the streets rather than in shelters or transitional housing, compared to just 5% in New York. Chronic homelessness was also a greater problem in L.A. County than anywhere else in the country.
Homelessness does appear to be on the decline in both L.A. County and California at large. The statewide homeless population dropped 1.2% between 2017 and 2018 and by 6.5% from 2007 to 2018. The number of homeless individuals living in L.A. County also saw a very slight dip from last year. California is still the state with the highest number of homeless individuals.
Seattle/King County, Washington followed L.A. County in homelessness figures for 2018. San Diego County came in at No. 4 with 8,576 homeless residents.