MEDIA RELEASE: Justice Center analysis: About 1 in 63 housing units in North Carolina were in foreclosure during 2010

County-by-county data tracking foreclosures is now available; Mecklenburg, Union counties worst off

 
RALEIGH (Jan. 13, 2011) -- North Carolina broke the state foreclosure filing record in 2010. And according to an analysis released today by the NC  JusticeCenter, approximately one in every 63 housing units in North Carolina faced foreclosure filings last year.
 
For the first time, county-by-county data tracking foreclosures relative to a county’s housing units are now available.
 
Using U.S. Census data about each North Carolina county’ housing units combined with state foreclosure filings, the JusticeCenter found that Mecklenburg and Union counties were worst off. During 2010, about one in 34 housing units in those counties were in foreclosure.
 
These figures do reflect a slight overestimate, said NC Justice Center Director of Communications Jeff Shaw, because the foreclosure filings also include some commercial foreclosures in addition to home foreclosures.
 
But the figures also actually underestimate the number of North Carolina’s working families affected, because many apartment buildings and multi-family units were foreclosed on during 2010.
 
“Now is the time for our leaders to support vital public investments that create jobs and help people stay in their homes,” said Bill Rowe, director of advocacy for the NC JusticeCenter. “We need to make critical investments in North Carolina’s future prosperity, like preserving essential programs that help homeowners avoid foreclosure.”
 
North Carolina’s proactive measures to prevent foreclosure have helped it stay ahead of places like Nevada, where one in 11 homes is in foreclosure, and the nation at large, where one in 45 homes received a foreclosure filing last year.
 
An Excel spreadsheet with data for every North Carolina county -- dating back to 2000 and updated through Dec. 31, 2010 -- is available to reporters for download here. If you have problems with the download, please e-mail jeff@ncjustice.org for a copy.
 
Besides tracking total foreclosures and foreclosures by housing unit, the spreadsheet also has foreclosure data per capita. These figures determine which counties have the most foreclosures relative to population size.
 
A list of the top 10 counties in North Carolina in terms of total foreclosure, foreclosure by housing unit, and foreclosures per capita follows this e-mail.
 
The per capita figures understate the problem considerably, said Shaw, because the per capita figures include everyone living in a given county – including children and non-homeowners. Still, it provides additional confirmation of how widespread foreclosure is throughout North   Carolina.
 
Mecklenburg, Union and Brunswick counties are the only three counties in North Carolina to appear on all three lists (total foreclosures, foreclosures by housing unit, and foreclosures per capita).
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, 503.551.3615; Bill Rowe, Director of Advocacy, 919.856.2177; or Rochelle Sparko, Housing Attorney, 919.863.2403.
 
TOP 10 BY TOTAL FORECLOSURE
Mecklenburg 12,176
Wake 5,584
Guilford 4,101
Forsyth 2,396
Union 2,050
New Hanover 1,894
Durham 1,772
Brunswick 1,723
Gaston 1,705
Cabarrus 1,609
 
TOP 10 BY FORECLOSURES PER HOUSING UNIT
Mecklenburg 1 in 34
Union 1 in 34
Dare 1 in 37
Currituck 1 in 43
Cabarrus 1 in 44
Brunswick 1 in 45
Franklin 1 in 47
Pender 1 in 49
Johnston 1 in 51
Clay 1 in 51
 
 
TOP 10 BY PER CAPITA MEASUREMENT
Dare 2.58%
Brunswick 1.56%
Currituck 1.36%
Mecklenburg 1.34%
Clay 1.25%
Cherokee 1.07%
Union 1.02%
New Hanover 0.97%
Pender 0.96%
Jackson 0.92%