Data from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report shows how Colorado's homeless population has changed in recent years.

(Courtesy HUD)

Colorado saw one of the country’s largest percentage increases in homelessness last year, according to new numbers out from the federal government.  

The numbers come from a one-night count of Colorado’s homeless back in January. That census found more than 10,000 homeless people in the state, a 6 percent increase over the 2015 count. 

Despite that increase, the longer-term trend is in the opposite direction with homelessness declining by a third since 2010.

Nearly three-quarters of Colorado’s homeless people are in temporary accommodations – motels, shelters, or someone else’s home. The other 28 percent live on the street or in a vehicle. 

Colorado had the nation’s largest increase in homeless veterans last year, with 231 more counted over 2015. The census also tallied more than 650 unaccompanied young people.