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Las Vegas Has Fourth Highest Rate Of Homelessness In U.S. | Las Vegas , Nevada | 8 CBS News Now

Sky high unemployment and home foreclosure rates have combined to give the Las Vegas metro area the nation’s fourth highest rate of homelessness.

Las Vegas, with 50 homeless individuals per 10,000 people last year, ranked only behind Tampa, Fla., New Orleans and Fresno, Calif., according to a study released last month by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and its Homelessness Research Institute in Washington, D.C. That is two-and-a-half times worse than the national average of 21 homeless individuals per capita.

Researchers estimated that 9,432 homeless individuals stay in Las Vegas, the nation’s 12th largest homelessness population even though the metro area as a whole is only 30th most populous in the United States. Each of the top seven cities for homelessness, a list that also includes Honolulu, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and San Jose, Calif., have relatively warm weather in common.

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