Interactive: How foreclosures gutted the housing market in three Sacramento communities
By Phillip Reese
Few places in America grew faster during the housing boom than Elk Grove, North Natomas and Lincoln. And few places in America have seen larger drops in home values during the bust.
These maps show every foreclosure in all three neighborhoods, over time, during the last six years.
Elk Grove was Sacramento's high-profile boom town. Six years ago, the census bureau named it the fastest-growing large city in America. Then, this happened:
North Natomas rose from farmland to become a community of 50,000, all in the space of a few years at the start of the last decade. Then, this happened:
The Placer County suburb of Lincoln tripled in size during the housing boom, going from 11,000 residents to 35,000 residents in just six years. Then, this happened:
Largely due to foreclosures, housing prices in all three neighborhoods have plummeted more than 50 percent.
Note: Some homes were foreclosed more than once over a six-year period. In those cases, only the first foreclosure is shown.