**19.6% - **The percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners seriously delinquent on their mortgages, a number that rose at the third-fastest rate in the country over the past year, indicating the foreclosure tidal wave isn’t subsiding yet.
Roughly one in five homeowners were either 90-plus days delinquent in their mortgage or in foreclosure as of June 2010, according to an analysis released Tuesday. That’s up from 15.7 percent in June 2009. That rate of growth in Tampa Bay’s foreclosure pipeline trails only Las Vegas and Miami-Fort Lauderdale out of 366 metro areas tracked in the report. The foreclosure-response.org analysis was not encouraging: Nine out of the top 10 and 15 out of the top 25 metro areas with the highest serious delinquency rates in June were in Florida; of the 25 metro areas with the biggest growth in serious delinquency rates over the year, 11 were in Florida; Tampa’s delinquency rate was eighth-highest in the country.** — Jeff Harrington, tampabay.com**