seem to be up and rising across the US. Definitely in the area I live in. From here -
Foreclosures prompt Ramsey County sheriff to seek 2 new deputies
Saturday, July 07, 2007
ST. PAUL (AP) The Ramsey County sheriff's office is so busy with home foreclosures that it is asking county commissioners for approval to hire two more full-time deputies.
The salaries of the additional deputies would be covered in part by the extra money the sheriff's civil division estimates it will get from foreclosure fees. The sheriff's department charges $250 for each foreclosure it processes.
The sheriff's office says the rapid growth in home foreclosures is taking away from other duties such as serving restraining orders and handling court-ordered child pickups.
The county board is set to consider the request on Tuesday.
So far this year a St. Paul Pioneer Press analysis shows that about 5,000 families have lost their homes in the Twin Cities area. That's more than in all of 2005.
Ramsey County alone had recorded 1,027 foreclosure sales as of mid-June, according to the request. The county handled 1,407 foreclosure sales during all of 2006.
There's about 700,000 people in the Twin Cities, I don't know how many in the greater Twin Cities area. Ratio of people losing homes in the Twin Cities area so far this year to people who live in the Twin Cities = 1 in 140.