With the holiday of haunt right around the corner, RealtyTrac took a look at a segment of properties where the haunting may hit too close to home for neighbors and potential buyers. More than 22,000 single family homes nationwide are vacant and have a homeowner who is now deceased, according to a RealtyTrac analysis of public record data. That’s one in every 5,973 housing units nationwide, but there are more than 20 zip codes where that ratio is less than 1 in every 175 housing units.
House hunters looking to be frightened this Halloween should head to Mobile County, Alabama, more particularly ZIP code 36610, where there are 69 haunted homes , which comes to one haunted home for every 89 homes in the area. Following close behind is a ZIP code in Mahoning County, Ohio (ZIP code 44510) with a haunted house for one out of every 102 homes. Rounding out the top 20 are ZIP codes in Wayne County, Michigan, Jefferson County, Alabama, Lake County, Indiana, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Hinds County, Mississippi, Jefferson County, Alabama, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.