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Statistics on Homelessness in DuPage County

Average age of a homeless person in DuPage County:  8 years old

Child poverty rate in DuPage County (1):  11%

DuPage County residents who live in poverty (1):  71,040 residents, or 7.8% of DuPage County residents

DuPage County residents who live in extreme poverty (2):  28,384 residents, or 3.1% of DuPage County residents

Fair market monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in DuPage County (3):  $958

Number of hours needed to work, per week, at minimum age to afford rent (3):  89 hours

Unemployment rate in DuPage County as of Nov 2013 (4):  6.5%, or 34,372 DuPage County residents


1 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 and 2011 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates,

2 2011 American Community Services Survey,

3 National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2012,

Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics

One Night survey

A One Night survey conducted on January 28, 2016 indicated that 642 persons in DuPage County were homeless on that night.  This is an increase from 625 in 2014.

204 persons in emergency shelter 
438 persons in transitional housing
50 of the sheltered persons were chronically homeless 

There were 80 youth between the ages of 18-24 in shelter or transitional housing on that night.
The total unsheltered population increased 3%, from 29 to 30 individuals.

For more complete information please see the 2015 Homeless Populations Chart. The next Homeless Count is scheduled for January 2016.

Source: DuPage County Continuum,


To rent a typical apartment in DuPage County, a person who works a job that only pays minimum wage would need to work 110 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.