States With the Most Foreclosed Homes

During the height of the Great Recession, foreclosures in the United States reached staggeringly high levels. In 2009, about one in every 45 American households were in the process of losing their homes due to an inability to make payments. With the return of home prices to pre-recession levels, and in many cases higher, the foreclosure rate has also dropped dramatically. Just one in every 142 homes were in foreclosure in 2016.

Just as the housing market recovery has been anything but even across the country, so too have foreclosure declined at varying degrees depending on the region. In 2016, state foreclosure rates ranged from one home in every 1,559 to one in every 54. In every state, foreclosures affect — and are affected by — home values, incomes, and the strength of the regional economy.

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ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data analytics company, provided 24/7 Wall St. with the share of housing units in each state that were in some stage of the foreclosure process during 2016.

50. North Dakota
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 1,559 (the lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 213 (the fewest)
> Median home value: $180,900 (23rd highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 11.8% (2nd largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 4.6% (6th lowest)

49. South Dakota
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 1,172 (2nd lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 315 (2nd fewest)
> Median home value: $152,800 (17th lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 7.4% (14th largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: N/A

48. West Virginia
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 809 (3rd lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 1,092 (7th fewest)
> Median home value: $112,100 (the lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 7.9% (12th largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 8.5% (25th highest)

47. Montana
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 679 (4th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 717 (4th fewest)
> Median home value: $209,500 (20th highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 6.5% (22nd largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 4.8% (8th lowest)

46. Vermont
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 621 (5th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 522 (3rd fewest)
> Median home value: $223,700 (17th highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 4.2% (16th smallest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 5.0% (10th lowest)

45. Alaska
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 391 (6th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 788 (5th fewest)
> Median home value: $259,600 (11th highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 2.0% (2nd smallest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 3.9% (2nd lowest)

44. Mississippi
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 376 (7th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 3,419 (13th fewest)
> Median home value: $112,700 (2nd lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 8.4% (10th largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 4.6% (4th lowest)

43. Nebraska
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 330 (8th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 2,438 (8th fewest)
> Median home value: $141,600 (12th lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 5.8% (25th smallest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 7.2% (22nd lowest)

42. Kansas
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 300 (9th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 4,132 (15th fewest)
> Median home value: $141,200 (11th lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 6.9% (17th largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 5.0% (13th lowest)

41. Wyoming
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 293 (10th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 904 (6th fewest)
> Median home value: $212,500 (19th highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 5.7% (24th smallest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 5.1% (15th lowest)

40. Idaho
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 272 (11th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 2,481 (9th fewest)
> Median home value: $176,300 (24th lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 6.7% (21st largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 5.0% (12th lowest)

39. Arkansas
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 259 (12th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 5,128 (16th fewest)
> Median home value: $120,700 (3rd lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 7.3% (16th largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 11.3% (14th highest)

38. Minnesota
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 259 (13th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 9,140 (23rd fewest)
> Median home value: $200,000 (21st highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 6.2% (23rd largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 4.9% (9th lowest)

37. Colorado
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 244 (14th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 9,158 (24th fewest)
> Median home value: $283,800 (8th highest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 11.2% (3rd largest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 5.0% (11th lowest)

36. Kentucky
> Foreclosure rate: 1 in every 244 (15th lowest)
> Housing units in foreclosure 2016: 7,943 (21st fewest)
> Median home value: $130,000 (5th lowest)
> 5-yr. home value change: 5.0% (18th smallest increase)
> Homes seriously underwater: 7.2% (23rd lowest)