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A Stunning Map of How Foreclosures Ate America

We’ve all heard that the housing bubble’s pop led to thousands of foreclosures, but its interactive maps like this that really show how prevalent the problem was — and still is. Part of a project on 30 election issues, the map below uses data from RealtyTrac to display foreclosure rates by county.

The darker the color is, the higher the rate of foreclosure. You can see what each color represents in the legend on the lower left.

By pressing play, you can see how many more dots show up on the map, indicating a higher prevalence of foreclosures. But perhaps more disturbing, the map displaying the most recent data in July 2012 doesn’t look much better than past maps: The crowded dots maintain the visual effect of a foreclosure epidemic.


  1. Comment by Alice Wilde
    October 16th at 8:19 am 

    This map is incredible. Half of the country is almost untouched. Where I grew up in Utah, though, there’s a sudden spike of foreclosures. That’s not surprising, though, considering that the vast majority of Utah’s population is centered around the Salt Lake metro area. Tennessee and Georgia were struck incredibly hard. Real estate investment Carson, CA seems to have taken a hit as well. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Comment by Richard Cox
    October 16th at 9:49 am 

    Great job…really brings the data to life, puts it in perspective..

  3. Comment by Matt Cos
    October 16th at 11:22 am 

    Interesting where the clusters were located for the foreclosures… Almost seems like someone had this preplanned.

  4. Comment by David William
    October 17th at 8:30 am 

    Thanks for providing the information through this wonderful blog post.

  5. Comment by Monique Rene Coates
    October 17th at 8:39 am 

    Just incredible when the map is played… nice job on this.
    Things that make you go Hmmmmm!


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