Arizona has 8th highest homeless rate in the nation

As of 2023, an estimated 13,553 people in Arizona are experiencing homelessness, according to the latest Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data. Arizona’s figures account for over 2% of the nation’s unhoused population.

In a just-published LendingTree analysis using new HUD data, researchers sought out to determine where homelessness is the most and least common. Some Arizona-specific findings:

  • Ranking: No. 8
  • Number of people who are homeless: 13,553
  • Share of homeless people in shelters: 28.84%
  • Share of homeless people as a percentage of the state population: 0.18%
  • Median home price: $336,300

Additional key findings

  • California, New York and Florida have the largest homeless populations. Across the three heavily populated states, more than 270,000 people are homeless — nearly half of the U.S. homeless population.
  • North Dakota, Wyoming and Mississippi have the smallest homeless populations. North Dakota (610) and Wyoming (648) are the only states with fewer than 1,000 homeless people. In Mississippi, 1,196 people are homeless.
  • Relative to an area’s population, homelessness is most prevalent in the District of Columbia, California and Vermont. Across these areas, an average of 0.51% of the population is homeless. 
  • States with more expensive housing tend to have proportionally higher homeless populations. While expensive housing can exacerbate homelessness, it’s important to note that other, more complex factors can be key drivers behind why people become homeless.

Full report >>More Than 580K People Are Homeless in the US — Here’s Where Homelessness Is Most, Least Common [Analysis]