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States with the Most At-Risk Youth

Growing up can be hard. Without a stable home, positive role models and tools for success, many young Americans fall behind their peers and experience a rocky transition to adulthood. Today, about one in nine individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor attending school. Others suffer from poor health conditions that hinder their ability to develop physically or socially.


Such issues not only affect young people later in life, but they also prove harmful to society as a whole. For instance, more than 70 percent of young adults today are ineligible to join the U.S. military because they fail academic, moral or health qualifications. Research shows that when youth grow up in environments with economic problems and a lack of role models, they’re more at risk for poverty, early pregnancy and violence, especially in adulthood. The environment is even more difficult for these young Americans in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the job market, caused schooling to be held online in many cases and kept people more isolated than usual, though conditions are improving as the country reopens. The pandemic is also a big source of stress, and some youth may not have anyone to turn to for support.

To determine the places where young Americans are not faring as well as others in the same age group, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key indicators of youth risk. Our data set ranges from the share of disconnected youth to the labor force participation rate among youth to the youth poverty rate.

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Federal Child Care Regulations and Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published final regulations to implement the Child Care and Development Fund program (CCDF) in September 2016. An explanation and summary of the final Child Care and Development Fund regulations on homelessness is below. The full regulations may be read here. For more information on early childhood education and homelessness, see

A Round Up of Recent Research on Child and Youth Homelessness (January-July 2021)


Did you know?

  • Pre-pandemic, an estimated 5% of children under age six in the United States experienced homelessness.

  • Sixteen percent of infants and toddlers in the U.S. live in crowded housing, which is associated with higher risk of COVID infection and is known to jeopardize development.

  • Across 24 states, approximately 9.17% of all public high school students experienced homelessness. But at least two-thirds of students who experienced homelessness were not identified as homeless by their schools.

  • Research on California students shows that homelessness is negatively associated with student learning outcomes, regardless of living arrangements.

  • Michigan students who were currently housed, but had experienced homelessness at any point in the last eight years, were disciplined at rates even higher than their currently homeless peers, showing the long-lasting impacts of experiences of homelessness.

  • In Chicago, Black K-12 students have a one in four chance of experiencing homelessness at some point during their academic tenure.

  • Youth who access transitional housing, particularly for longer periods, experience positive outcomes related to housing, employment, education, and access to services.

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Nevada Homelessness Statistics


From the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

As of January 2020, Nevada had an estimated 6,900 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 159 were family households, 924 were Veterans, 570 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 1,369 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2018-2019 school year shows that an estimated public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, students were unsheltered, were in shelters, were inhotels/motels, and were doubled up.

Use our map to compare Nevada homeless statistics with other states and filter statistics by the data source. You can also find contact information for each state under the map.

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