Rates of homelessness in the 2014-2015 school year ranged from fewer than 1 in 400 in Mercer Island to 1 in 9 students in Tukwila.
In the 2014-15 school year, 7,260 King County public school children from pre-kindergarten through high school were counted as homeless by their schools.
The overall rate of student homelessness for the county was 1 in 39 students, compared to 1 in 34 students for Washington state. However, the county average masks large differences among school districts.
- Tukwila: 1 in 9 students homeless
- Seattle: 1 in 18 students homeless
- Highline: 1 in 19 students homeless
- Mercer Island, Issaquah, Vashon Island, Tahoma, and Northshore: fewer than 1 in 100 students homeless
Independent of poverty, homeless students are more likely than those with stable housing to experience family adversity, physical and emotional health problems, and impaired academic performance.