Top 10 Cities by Homeless Population All Have Something in Common


Reality doesn’t care about politics. No matter how good a policy or political program looks on paper, the ultimate test is whether it actually works in real life.

There are plenty of “good intentions” that turn into disasters. It’s the job of the entire country to take a hard look at real-life results, and avoid denial when the evidence shows that something might be wrong.

One piece of that evidence is homelessness. It’s not a comfortable topic, but living on the street is an unfortunate reality for over a half-milion Americans. If you listen to the left, it’s greedy, money-grabbing Republicans who hurt the poor — but what does actual reality show us?

It turns out that the 10 cities with the most homeless people in the United States are not conservative at all — they’re Democrat enclaves where big-government policies are failing miserably.

According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the worst American cities for homelessness tend to have strong Democrat leanings, and some have been run by the left for decades.

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Infographic: The U.S. Cities With The Most Homeless People | Statista

The top of the list is New York City, with an estimated 76,501 homeless people. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, has led the Big Apple for the last four years.

Before him was Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who started his tenure as a Republican but then dropped that party affiliation, and was by almost every measure a Democrat without the official label. Going back from Bloomberg’s time to the 1970s, there has been only one Republican amid a long series of Democrat mayors.

It’s even more dramatic on New York’s City Council: Democrats hold a staggering 92 percent of the seats in the city with the most homelessness in America.

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That story repeats itself for the other cities that top the dishonorable list. Los Angeles has an estimated 55,188 homeless people and — you guessed it — has been run by Democrats for years.

Democrat mayors have controlled L.A. for nearly two decades, and 93 percent of its city council is Democrat. Are you noticing a trend?

Liberal policies are so bad in California overall that the Golden State now has the highest poverty rate in all of America.

How about Seattle, with 11,643 homeless? While the mayoral position in that city is officially non-partisan, the current Mayor Jenny Durkan — their first female mayor and a lesbian and gay rights advocate — is strongly liberal and Democrat.

Seattle’s city council is so one-sided it borders on parody. Eight out of nine council members are Democrats. No, the ninth isn’t Republican… he’s openly part of the Marxist-left “Socialist Alternative” party. So diverse!

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The definition of insanity is often described as repeating the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. If that’s true, then the far left belongs in a padded room.

There is a clear and undeniable trend of Democrat-run cities with shocking poverty rates and widespread homelessness, yet liberals seem to be in complete denial that their failed policies are part of the problem.

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignoring overwhelming evidence only makes a disaster worse, and the reality is that the left is turning once-great cities into places of despair. Something needs to change.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.