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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.