Ranking of the five largest municipalities that filed for bankruptcy in the United States between 1953 and 2013, by approximate debt (in million U.S. dollars)

Ranking of the largest U.S. municipalities that filed for bankruptcy as of 2013, by debt This graph shows a ranking of the five largest municipalities in the United States that have filed for bankruptcy between 1953 and 2013, sorted by approximate debt. In 2013, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy with an approximate debt of 18 billion U.S. dollars.
The national debt of the United Stated can be found here.
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City/municipality (year filed)Debt in million U.S. dollars
Detroit, Michigan (2013)18,000
Jefferson County, Alabama (2011)4,200
Orange County, California (1994)2,000
Stockton, California (2012)1,000
San Bernardino, California (2012)492
Vallejo, California (2008)175
City/municipality (year filed)Debt in million U.S. dollars
Detroit, Michigan (2013)18,000
Jefferson County, Alabama (2011)4,200
Orange County, California (1994)2,000
Stockton, California (2012)1,000
San Bernardino, California (2012)492
Vallejo, California (2008)175
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This graph shows a ranking of the five largest municipalities in the United States that have filed for bankruptcy between 1953 and 2013, sorted by approximate debt. In 2013, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy with an approximate debt of 18 billion U.S. dollars.
The national debt of the United Stated can be found here.
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Release date
July 2013
Region
United States
Survey time period
2013
Supplementary notes
Detroit's debt includes $9.2 billion in unfunded pension and health benefits.

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