REMOTE — A new study shows Colorado has the No. 11 highest rate of homelessness in America and saw a nearly 2% annual increase in its homeless population.

Denver has the No. 38 highest homeless rate among U.S. cities. today released a study on the State of Homelessness in 2021 using data released in March from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

HUD gathers data every January and releases it in March the following year. These figures are from January 2020 showing that even pre-COVID 19 homelessness increased in each of the last four years.  When the impact of the pandemic is reported by HUD next March, numbers are likely to skyrocket further. 

Colorado’s homeless rate of 170 per 100,000 residents is slightly below the national average of 174. Denver’s homeless rate is 203. 

Key National findings: 

  • The homeless population has increased each of the last four years.
  • D.C. was highest with 898 per 100,000, Mississippi lowest with 37 per 100,000.
  • Children account for 18% of the homeless population.
  • Black people are 13% of all people in the U.S. but 39% of the homeless population.
  • Top 5 States: D.C., New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon.
  • Bottom 5 States: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, North Dakota.