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Map: America's unpaid bills

A new Urban Institute report on delinquent debt in America reveals that people with debts past due are much more common in the south than elsewhere:

Screen_shot_2014-08-11_at_2.22.27_pm (Source: Urban Institute)

Beyond eyeballing the map, the study reveals that across the nation as a whole 5.3 percent of households have debts past due. But across the country's nine Census divisions, six of them are below-average in that regard. The three Census divisions with above-average levels of debts past due are the three southern ones.