Franklin County, Ohio, foreclosures fell to the lowest level on record last year, according to figures released by Franklin County Clerk Maryellen O'Shaughnessy.

Last year, 3,410 foreclosure cases were filed in Franklin County, 16% below the number filed in 2016 and the lowest number the county has recorded since it started tallying the figure in 2001.

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Foreclosures have fallen dramatically since their peak during the housing recession. During the worst of the crash, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, more than 9,000 foreclosures were filed each year in the county.

The county's foreclosure pattern has largely mirrored the national pattern: a gentle rise in the early 2000s, followed by a sharp climb from 2006 through 2010, followed finally by a steady drop.

Franklin County is the most populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Columbus, the state capital and the largest city in Ohio.

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