20 U.S. Counties Where Houses are Becoming Less Affordable -- Including Four in Colorado

Additional photos and more below.
Additional photos and more below.

Last month, we featured Trulia's list of the least affordable cities for middle class and millennial home buyers -- a roster that included Denver. But Colorado fares even worse in a new analysis by RealtyTrac. Among other things, the site looked at counties in which housing prices of less affordable than historical averages and have rising foreclosure rates, and four from Colorado made the top twenty -- one of only two states (with California) to achieve this dubious distinction.

Count down the photo-illustrated top twenty below, featuring data from RealtyTrac.

See also: Least Affordable Cities for Middle Class and Millennial Home Buyers -- Including Denver

Number 20: Lubbock County, Texas

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October 2014 Median Price: $147,250

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 25.82%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 24.55%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.08%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.09%

Number 19 Mercer County, New Jersey:

October 2014 Median Price: $256,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 27.65%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 25.10%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.40%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 1.11%

Number 18: Weld County, Colorado

October 2014 Median Price: $216,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 28.49%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 28.41%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.05%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.30%

Number 17: Arapahoe County, Colorado

October 2014 Median Price: $235,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 28.84%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 28.34%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.04%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.25%

Continue to keep counting down the list of twenty U.S. counties where houses are becoming less affordable.   Number 16: Anchorage Municipality, Alaska

October 2014 Median Price: $295,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 29.72%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 29.19%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.14%

Number 15: Smith County, Texas

October 2014 Median Price: $189,700

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 30.12%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 28.82%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

Number 14: Ada County, Idaho

October 2014 Median Price: $219,900

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 30.20%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 27.23%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.05%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

Number 13: Somerset County, New Jersey

October 2014 Median Price: $419,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 32.09%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 30.26%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.09%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.54%

Continue to keep counting down the list of twenty U.S. counties where houses are becoming less affordable.   Number 12: Larimer County, Colorado

October 2014 Median Price: $249,950

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 33.10%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 32.61%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.03%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.10%

Number 11: Middlesex County, Maryland

October 2014 Median Price: $400,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 35.47%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 35.40%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.08%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.48%

Number 10: Deschutes County, Oregon

October 2014 Median Price: $235,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 36.58%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 35.09%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.02%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.04%

Number 9: Washington County, Utah

October 2014 Median Price: $218,950

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 36.87%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 35.37%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.04%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

Continue to keep counting down the list of twenty U.S. counties where houses are becoming less affordable.   Number 8: Denver County, Colorado

October 2014 Median Price: $280,221

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 40.80%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 39.56%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.05%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.30%

Number 7: Honolulu County, Hawaii

October 2014 Median Price: $475,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 48.18%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 47.49%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.08%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.08%

Number 6: Orange County, California

October 2014 Median Price: $570,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 57.85%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 57.42%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.09%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.20%

Number 5: Alameda County, California

October 2014 Median Price: $565,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 58.65%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 57.64%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

Continue to keep counting down the list of twenty U.S. counties where houses are becoming less affordable.   Number 4: Suffolk County, Massachusetts

October 2014 Median Price: $423,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 60.70%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 54.88%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.03%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.41%

Number 3: San Mateo County, California

October 2014 Median Price: $804,500

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 72.76%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 71.18%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.03%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.06%

Number 2: San Francisco County, California

October 2014 Median Price: $975,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 97.44%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 92.65%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.05%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.14%

Number 1: Kings County, New York

October 2014 Median Price: $615,000

October 2014 Affordability Percentage: 97.84%

Historical (2000 to 2014) Affordability Percentage: 95.16%

2013 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 0.73%

2014 Loan Vintage Foreclosure Rate: 1.89%

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