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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.

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.  

The overall rate of student homelessness for the county was 1 in 39 students, compared to 1 in 30 students for Washington state.  However, the county average masks large differences among school districts. 

  • Tukwila: 1 in 9 students homeless
  • Highline: 1 in 19 students homeless
  • Seattle: 1 in 18 students homeless
  • Mercer Island, Issaquah, Northshore, Tahoma, and Vashon Island: fewer than 1 in 100 students homeless

From 2013-14 to 2014-15 school years, the overall rate of student homelessness in King County increased 10.4%.