The One Night Count found 4,505 people living outside in King County. 2,942 of those were in Seattle proper.
In Seattle, that's only a 4.5% increase. Some news stories make much of this, like this one from Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. What they're thinking, of course, is that the rate of increase is slowing in the city.
They couldn't be more wrong.
This year, you see, because of the shootings, we did not count areas we normally count. Parts of "the jungle," in particular, were not counted -- because of the recent shootings in that area.
Had we counted those areas, I'm sure the numbers would have been much closer to 5,000 for King County, and likely closer to 3,200 for Seattle proper.