The top 10 U.S. metro areas with the greatest year-over-year median home-value declines, by percentage, from October 2010 to October 2011, were conspicuously clustered in two regions, according to data from online real estate site Zillow.

The 10 metro areas, clumped in the Southeast and the far West, declined an average of 13.4 percent, from No. 1 Gainesville, Fla.’s 17.2 percent drop to an 11.8 percent decline for No. 10 Reno, Nev.

Editor’s note: This article is based on data compiled by Zillow, using the Zillow Home Value Index.

The top 10 U.S. metro areas with the greatest year-over-year median home-value declines, by percentage, from October 2010 to October 2011, were conspicuously clustered in two regions, according to data from online real estate site Zillow.

The 10 metro areas, clumped in the Southeast and the far West, declined an average of 13.4 percent, from No. 1 Gainesville, Fla.’s 17.2 percent drop to an 11.8 percent decline for No. 10 Reno, Nev.

The chart-topping Gainesville, Fla., metro area’s 17.2 percent decline settled the area’s median home value to $111,300 in that timespan.

Just 40 miles away, the Ocala, Fla., metro area, No. 7 on the top 10 list, showed a 12.7 percent decline in median home value, to $85,200. Nearby, Atlanta and Mobile, Ala., rounded out the Southeast metros on the list at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively.

The far West portion of the top 10 features six metros in a Pacific-leaning band that curves from No. 3 Medford, Ore., in the Northwest to No. 6 Tucson, Ariz., in the Southeast.

The Mobile, Ala., metro area, at No. 5, has the lowest median home value on the list at $78,200, and is counterbalanced by No. 9 Santa Barbara, Calif.’s highest median home value of $371,200. After Santa Barbara, Calif., the next highest median home value on the list takes a steep drop to No. 4 Chico, Calif., metro area’s $169,300.

U.S. metro areas clustered in the Southeast and in the far West experienced the greatest 2011 year-over-year declines in median home value, by percentage, according to Zillow data.

Metro: Gainesville, Fla.

 

Median Home Value $111,300
Year-over-year Change -17.2%

Gainesville, Fla.Alligator at Ben Hill Griffen Stadium, aka "The Swamp," in Gainesville, Fla. Flickr/jrgatormogo

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Metro: Atlanta, Ga.

Median Home Value $109,700
Year-over-year Change -14.7%

AtlantaView of Buckhead, a district in downtown Atlanta. Flickr/Brokentaco

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Metro: Medford, Ore.

Median Home Value $158,200
Year-over-year Change -14.2%

Medford, Ore.View of Medford, Ore. Flickr/as737700

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Metro: Chico, Calif.

Median Home Value $169,300
Year-over-year Change -14.0%

Chico, Calif.Municipal Park in Chico, Calif. Image via Shutterstock.

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Metro: Mobile, Ala.

Median Home Value $78,200
Year-over-year Change -12.8%

Mobile, Ala.Mobile, Ala., Bay. Image via Shutterstock.

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Metro: Tucson, Ariz.

Median Home Value $130,500
Year-over-year Change -12.7%

Tucson, Ariz.Saguaro Cactus near Tucson, Ariz. Image via Shutterstock.

 

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Metro: Ocala, Fla.

Median Home Value $85,200
Year-over-year Change -12.7%

Ocala, Fla.An Ocala, Fla., farm. Flickr/Bruce Bouley

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Metro: Madera, Calif.

Median Home Value $123,600
Year-over-year Change -12.3%

Madera, Calif.Downtown Madera, Calif. Flickr/gflinch

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Metro: Santa Barbara, Calif.

Median Home Value $371,200
Year-over-year Change -12%

Santa Barbara, Calif.Santa Barbara, Calif., mission. Flickr/Randy Pertiet

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Metro: Reno, Nev.

Median Home Value $149,700
Year-over-year Change -11.8%

Reno, Nev.Reno, Nev., sign. Flickr/Zack Sheppard

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Inman News reporter Paul Hagey compiled this report.

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