Bankruptcies in the state may be edging down, if August's 5.2% drop from the July level begins a trend.

A total of 16,432 Californians filed for bankruptcy in August, according to CDB Infotek. That was 12.7% more than a year earlier.

Bankruptcies have set records in California this year-136,539 in the first eight months, up 24.3% from the same period last year.

Adjusting for population, residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the southern half of the state were most likely to file for bankruptcy.

Residents of Marin County, just outside San Francisco, were least likely to file. Real estate prices have surged in the Bay Area but lagged in Southern California.

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