The number of residential foreclosures and short sales continues to drop in Arizona.

In May, 19.6 percent of homes sold in Tucson were either foreclosures or short sales, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate data company.

The city ranks 24th in the country for highest percentage of distressed home sales.

A year ago, Tucson had the 10th spot with 29.3 percent of sold homes being foreclosures or short sales, which is the sale of a house for a price lower than what is owed on it.

Of all home sales in Tucson, 12.6 percent were bank-owned properties, while 6.4 percent of all sales were short sales.

Statewide, 21.4 percent of all homes sold in May were distressed, the third highest percentage among states.

That number dropped from 24.4 percent last year.