8. Tampa, Fla.
Homeowners with Negative Mortgages: 43.2%
For the eighth spot, we’re still in sunny Florida. In the third quarter, 43.2% of homeowners in Tampa had mortgages with negative equity. That was around 3 percentage points better than in Q2, but not enough to change its eighth-place ranking.
Earlier in the year, a quarterly Consumer Distress Index listed the city as the most distressed major metro area. As The Tampa Bay Times put it: “No other major metropolitan area is as stressed out as Tampa Bay when it comes to combined factors … most significantly, a lousy housing market.”
Tampa has 136,000 houses, with nearly 45,000 having mortgages. The median household income for houses with a mortgage is below $70,000.