Map of Bankruptcy Rate by NC County
Bankruptcy filing rates vary considerably across the state. For example, in 2013, 7 times more people per capita filed bankruptcy in Vance County than in Mitchell County. I've plotted this data on a map, with green representing the lowest filing rate, red the highest filing rate, and yellow the state average filing rate. There are several different methodologies for calculating a filing rate, so the numbers themselves are most illustrative as comparison amongst counties, rather than as an absolute value.
A few notes about this dataset:
- Filings for each of the 3 judicial districts of NC is included, but not out of state filings. Joint cases are counted as two persons, and corporate cases are excluded.
- County is assigned based on address as of filing. This does not accurately reflect the residency of persons with mailing addresses in a different county than in which they reside.
- Census population is not from 2013, so growth in county population can impact the calculation performed.