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Bankruptcies and Bankruptcy Filing Rates


Summary: Number of bankruptcies by type (i.e., chapter of the bankruptcy code) and the rate per 1,000 population

This database reports the number of bankruptcies by type (i.e., chapter of the bankruptcy code) and the rate per 1,000 population. Data for each time period reflect total filings by county and state of residence for twelve-month periods ending quarterly. For example, the number of bankruptcies in the third quarter of 1998 reflects the total number of filings from Oct. 1, 1997-Sep. 30, 1998.  

 

U.S. filings include those by persons who reside outside the home state or outside the U.S.  In any quarter, a small number of Chapter 9 (generally about 20) and Chapter 15 filings (generally about 60-80) are not attributed to any specific court or county.  

 

The source for population data used to calculate per capita rates is RAND State Statistics, based on U.S. Census data.  Per capita rates from 1996-1999 are based on 2000 population data.  Per capita rates for the last one-year are based on prior year population data.  Per capita rates are not available for U.S. territories.  

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Geographic Coverage: U.S., States, Counties

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 1996 - 2016

Data Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Updated:  Oct. 06, 2016 Next update: Mar. 31, 2017

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