Four States Account for Fifty Percent of Total

California, Florida, Arizona and Illinois accounted for more than 50% of the nationís 2009 total, with more than 1.4 million properties receiving a foreclosure filing, according to the latest data from RealtyTrac.

In California, 632,573 properties received a filing in 2009, up 21% from 2008. Florida reported 516,711 properties with filings, a 34% increase over 2008. Activity in Arizona included 163,210 properties with a filing in 2009, up 40% from a year earlier. A total of 131,132 Illinois properties received a filing, an increase of 32% from 2008.