National Public Radio's recently improved website includes three handy maps with county-by-county data on foreclosure rates, unemployment rates, and median household income. (One complaint: Even when you zoom in on Massachusetts, it's tricky to get your cursor to recognize, and provide data for, the Cape and Islands.)
The most recent data show a few foreclosure hot spots in Massachusetts -- highest in Plymouth County, where one in every 541 homes is involved in foreclosure proceedings, a figure almost exactly the same as in Ann Arbor's Washtenaw County, Michigan. That's nowhere as bad as the major counties of Arizona, California, Florida, northwest Georgia, and Nevada. (One in every 50 homes in Las Vegas's Clark County is in foreclosure!) But it's a lot higher than you'll find in Appalachia or in the Farm Belt.
The Bay State looks better on the unemployment map, with only Bristol County in double digits, at 10.9 percent. (Again, our worst county is almost exactly the same as Ann Arbor, which has 10.6 percent unemployment.) We seem to have been spared from the massive storm front of joblessness that extends from Michigan to Florida -- for now, anyway.