An estimated 4,395 homeless people live on New York City's streets, which is in line with last year's numbers but is far fewer proportionally compared with other major cities, according to statistics released Friday.
New York has one homeless person for every 1,840 residents, a much lower rate than in Chicago, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco, which all recently conducted homeless surveys.
San Francisco, the participating city with the highest street homeless rate, had one homeless person for every 283 city residents, and an estimated total of 2,655 street homeless, according to statistics compiled by the city's Department of Homeless Services.
Phoenix ranked second with one homeless person for every 728 residents, and an estimated total of 1,906 homeless people.
This marks the first time New York conducted the survey in all five boroughs, providing the most complete portrait ever compiled of the city's street homeless population. The statistics are estimates, not actual census counts.