Minnesota homeless population ranks 13th highest in the nation

Nationwide, more than 560,000 Americans, or 17.3 per 10,000 people, experienced homelessness last year.

Screenshot of drone footage of a homeless encampment in Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park.

(The Center Square) – Minnesota had a 2019 homeless population of 7,977, or 14.1 homeless people per 10,000 residents, according to a new study by the home services website Porch.com.

The share of the homeless population in Minnesota was the 13th highest rate among the 50 states, according to Porch.com, which based its conclusions on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

The share of the state’s homeless residents living unsheltered was 20.7%, while the share of chronically homeless people among the Minnesota homeless population stood at 21.9%.

Nationwide, more than 560,000 Americans, or 17.3 per 10,000 people, experienced homelessness last year, the researchers concluded. The U.S. homeless rate declined between the years 2007 and 2019, but the rate started to inch up again beginning in 2017, the study found.

Homelessness also tends to be concentrated in the nation’s 50 largest cities, where an estimated 53% of the U.S. homeless population lives, according to Porch.com.

How States Compare on Homeless Populations
Rank State Total Homeless Population per 10,000 Total Homeless Population Homeless Individuals Homeless Population in Families With Children Percentage of Homeless Population Living Unsheltered Percentage of Homeless Population Chronically Homeless
1 New York 47.3 92,091 42,113 49,978 4.40% 7.80%
2 Hawaii 45.3 6,412 4,420 1,992 56.80% 27.60%
3 California 38.3 151,278 128,777 22,501 71.70% 27.50%
4 Oregon 37.6 15,876 12,354 3,522 63.90% 30.90%
5 Washington 28.3 21,577 15,985 5,592 44.30% 22.60%
6 Massachusetts 26.8 18,471 6,259 12,212 4.50% 12.80%
7 Alaska 26.1 1,907 1,384 523 14.30% 14.10%
8 Nevada 23.3 7,169 6,614 555 53.10% 10.00%
9 Vermont 17.5 1,089 681 408 10.50% 17.40%
10 Colorado 16.7 9,619 7,263 2,356 22.70% 22.70%
11 Maine 15.7 2,106 1,232 874 4.50% 10.70%
12 New Mexico 15.5 3,241 2,464 777 38.80% 44.90%
13 Minnesota 14.1 7,977 4,586 3,391 20.70% 21.90%
14 Arizona 13.7 10,007 7,538 2,469 45.30% 18.70%
15 Florida 13.2 28,328 21,265 7,063 44.00% 20.20%
16 Idaho 13.0 2,315 1,516 799 42.50% 19.40%
17 Montana 12.7 1,357 947 410 25.40% 16.80%
18 Nebraska 12.2 2,365 1,715 650 4.70% 19.20%
19 South Dakota 11.2 $995 725 270 23.50% 10.10%
20 Tennessee 10.9 7,467 5,637 1,830 34.80% 15.20%
21 Maryland 10.9 6,561 4,652 1,909 20.50% 19.70%
22 Pennsylvania 10.3 13,199 8,426 4,773 12.30% 14.10%
23 New Hampshire 10.3 1,396 812 584 10.70% 15.60%
24 Missouri 10.1 6,179 4,173 2,006 15.80% 17.20%
25 New Jersey 10.0 8,862 5,895 2,967 16.70% 16.00%
26 Oklahoma 10.0 3,944 3,063 881 31.40% 24.20%
27 Rhode Island 10.0 1,055 730 325 6.70% 18.80%
28 Georgia 9.8 10,443 7,913 2,530 37.20% 10.90%
29 Delaware 9.5 $921 565 356 10.30% 18.20%
30 Wyoming 9.5 $548 437 111 22.80% 12.20%
31 Kentucky 9.1 4,079 3,073 1,006 19.10% 13.10%
32 Arkansas 9.0 2,717 2,303 414 52.10% 25.40%
33 Texas 8.9 25,848 19,611 6,237 43.40% 13.60%
34 Ohio 8.9 10,345 7,041 3,304 14.60% 8.40%
35 North Carolina 8.9 9,314 6,867 2,447 24.40% 13.60%
36 Utah 8.7 2,798 1,921 877 14.60% 18.30%
37 Michigan 8.6 8,575 5,212 3,363 7.70% 11.10%
38 Connecticut 8.5 3,033 2,100 933 15.00% 7.10%
39 Kansas 8.2 2,381 1,742 639 19.90% 16.80%
40 Indiana 8.1 5,471 3,783 1,688 11.70% 6.70%
41 South Carolina 8.1 4,172 3,318 854 41.20% 22.60%
42 Illinois 8.0 10,199 6,513 3,686 18.50% 18.10%
43 Wisconsin 7.8 4,538 2,545 1,993 6.50% 11.70%
44 West Virginia 7.8 1,397 1,149 248 17.80% 11.50%
45 Iowa 7.3 2,315 1,574 741 8.10% 14.70%
46 North Dakota 7.3 $557 377 180 2.20% 13.10%
47 Virginia 6.8 5,783 3,666 2,117 14.90% 15.20%
48 Alabama 6.7 3,261 2,519 742 36.50% 11.30%
49 Louisiana 6.3 2,941 2,416 525 33.10% 15.20%
50 Mississippi 4.0 1,184 963 221 41.00% 18.80%

Source: Porch.com