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Mortgage defaults: District fares better than nation

Toby Madden | Regional Economist

Published March 4, 2013

When times are tough, some people cannot afford to pay on their mortgage. This was especially true during the Great Recession when nearly 9 percent of mortgage loans in the United States were at least 90 days past due or in foreclosure. But today, more people are paying their mortgage, particularly in Ninth District states.

In January 2013, the mortgage delinquency rate dropped to 6.5 percent nationwide, while district states fared better—considerably so in many cases (see chart). The lowest state delinquency rate in the nation goes to booming North Dakota. The fourth lowest is South Dakota, followed by Montana (5th) and Minnesota (6th). Wisconsin is something of an outlier among district states at 27th. The highest seriously delinquent rate goes to Florida, where nearly 15 percent of loans are at least 90 days past due or in foreclosure.

Mortgage delinquencies -- 2-28-13