It’s the season for boots, pumpkin pie, caramel apples and maybe even haunted houses. In these 10 cities, however, passing by haunted houses becomes just a little too real.
Across the U.S., over 40,000 single-family homes are vacant and have a homeowner who is now deceased, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of public record data.
Here are the top 10 zip codes with the most haunted houses, or homes that are left vacant after the homeowner passes away. One city stands out above the rest.
10. Youngstown, Ohio
In the zip code 44506, one in every 83 homes is “haunted.”
In one home in the city, the Punderson Manor, in the dining room in the late 1970’s, people claim that for a period of approximately three hours late one night, the ghost of a man who appeared to be a lumberjack seemed to hang from the rafters.
9. Gary, Indiana
In the zip code 46404, one in every 81 homes is “haunted.”
Are homes here really haunted? That’s hard to say, but we do know that the city is currently ranked fourth in homicide rates, and it was once ranked first.
8. Birmingham, Alabama
In the zip code 35207, one in every 81 homes is “haunted.”
One of the most haunted places in Alabama is in Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces, [pictured below] which has many reports of paranormal activity over the years.
Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. [OC] [1895×1894] pic.twitter.com/kknt2mqb8i— Interesting Images (@Int_Images_Hub) August 17, 2016
7. Jackson, Mississippi
In the zip code 39203, one in every 74 homes is “haunted.”
At the Old Capitol building in Jackson legend claims that the office of a man who reportedly died at his desk is haunted by his ghost.
6. Detroit, Michigan
In the zip code 48217, one in every 71 homes is “haunted.”
In Detroit, the Masonic Temple seems to be haunted. When the founder’s wife left him over money problems Mr. Mason jumped to his death from the temple. Security guards claim they still see sightings of Mr. Mason and visitors often report an eerie feeling of being watched.
5. Mobile, Alabama
In the zip code 36610, one in every 69 homes is “haunted.”
Two separate homes in the city were joined together in the mid-1800s to form an inn. Since then, the apparition of a lady in white has been seen pacing the balcony of Room #007, as well as chandeliers swinging when no one is around, furniture getting moved around and lamps being unplugged.
4. Braddock, Pennsylvania
In the zip code 15104, one in every 57 homes is “haunted.”
This desolate town [pictured below] lost 90% of its peak population, and looks like the nightmare at the end of the American Dream, according to an article by Jim Straub and Bret Liebendorfer for Monthly Review.
3. Duquesne, Pennsylvania
In the zip code 15110, one in every 56 homes is “haunted.”
After the city took over Fisher Hall, formerly the Fisher Scientific building, it did major renovations, except on the second floor. After that, several mysterious happenings led the staff to believe the floor was haunted.
2. Gary, Indiana
In the zip code 46402, one in every 52 homes is “haunted.”
The city makes its second appearance with yet another zip code that makes the top ten of most haunted. One home in Gary [pictured below] seems to have been overtaken with ghosts, eventually leading to it being demolished.
1. Gary, Indiana
In the zip code 46407, one in every 41 homes is “haunted.”
Three different zip codes in the city appear in the top 10 haunted places, and there’s no shortage of ghost stories. It seems even the state parks in the area hold claims of being haunted. Dunes State Park is said to be haunted by the ghost of artist Paul Wilson.