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2049, 13 Jan 19

Homelessness Swells in Liberal Cities

Correlation or causation?

Alexander Casey, a policy advisor on Zillow’s Economic Research team, explained to Yahoo Finance that “15% of the U.S. population lives in areas where a staggering 47% of the homeless population lives. And these are areas where rents are 29% higher on average than the rest of the U.S. And most of these communities are already past this 32% tipping point.”

Zillow researchers clustered different communities together based on “how they’re experiencing rising poverty rates, existing homelessness, homelessness rates, and declining affordability.” The places where people are most at risk of homelessness, according to the study, included New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Boston, “which all have crossed the 32 percent affordability threshold.”

The three U.S. cities with the most homeless people in 2018 were New York (78,676), Los Angeles (49,955), and Seattle (12,112), according to the most recent HUD data. A 2016 Wall Street Journal report highlighted that while overall homelessness in America was declining, the homeless population in these cities and others had risen rapidly since 2010.


2049, 13 January 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann


    The more taxed and regulated a populace is, the more frustrated they are to “give up” the American Dream.

    Not a question in my mind that it is causation.

    History is littered with the destruction that liberalism causes.

  2. jjf

    Go ahead, keep searching… consider all the causes of problems like this.  Look at zoning.  What leads to high rents?  Only demand?  Whose assets are protected by zoning that prevents cheaper housing?  Look at eviction.  Look at transportation.  Look at policing.  Examine how the poor live, and how they fail.

    Take towing for example…  get towed, can’t pay the charges, can’t fight it, lose your vehicle, lose your job.  Those sorts of conditions don’t tend to exist in East Bumblefritz, WI.

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