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A large shack near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
In relatively affluent areas, shacks are often used for storage or have been abandoned.

A shack is a type of small, often primitive shelter or dwelling.

It is possible that up to a billion people worldwide live in shacks.[1] Fire is a significant hazard in tight-knit shack settlements.[2] Shack settlements are also sometimes known as slums or shanty towns.

In Australian English shack can also refer to a small holiday house with limited conveniences, for instance it may not have running water or electricity.