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West hit hardest by foreclosures

Western states have been the hardest hit by foreclosures.

Western states have been the hardest hit by foreclosures.

With the housing market beginning to show hope in some areas of the country, there are still areas suffering from foreclosures, which CNNMoney recently documented with the help of data generated by RealtyTrac.

According to RealtyTrac, western states accounted for 82 of the 100 zip codes worst hit by foreclosures. Thirty-eight of the foreclosures were recorded in California while 28 were reported in Nevada.

The zip codes worst hit are communities that were built in the past decade or two in areas that once were rapidly growing, such as Phoenix; San Bernardino, California; and Las Vegas, the source reported.

Las Vegas accounts for the top five hardest hit zip codes, with North Las Vegas claiming the top spot after reporting 2,469 foreclosure filings in 2011, according to RealtyTrac.

Southern states were the second hardest hit zip codes, reporting 14 of the top 100. Georgia accounted for 12 of the zip codes hit hardest, including Atlanta, which took 10th place.

Nationwide, numbers are encouraging for many who are planning on packing up and moving into their own home. United States foreclosure filings dropped from 2.23 percent in 2010 to 1.4 percent in 2011, which shows hope for the housing market.