Cleveland ranks as #5 on list of most haunted cities in the U.S. - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland ranks as #5 on list of most haunted cities in the U.S.

Franklin Castle is a stop on tours of Cleveland's haunted places. (Source: WOIO) Franklin Castle is a stop on tours of Cleveland's haunted places. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

About one-fifth of Americans plan to visit a haunted house this Halloween, and, here in Cleveland, you've apparently got plenty of options. LawnStarter recently put together a list of the most haunted cities in the United States, and Cleveland places fifth.

SLIDESHOW: 'HAUNTED' PLACES IN THE US

The company looked at the number of homes built before 1940 and the number of vacant homes, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Older, vacant homes are more likely to be perceived as being haunted, the company said.

"Abandoned and mostly abandoned homes can become inhabited by ghosts forever if they remain mostly vacant indefinitely," shaman Sarah Petruno told LawnStarter. 

Cleveland fell just below Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania, Albany, NY, Syracuse, NY and nearby Toledo. The study found that, of Cleveland's 957,518 homes, 232,103 were built in 1939 or before (24.2 percent) and 108,043 were vacant (11.3 percent).

Nearby Pittsburgh and Youngstown also made the list at numbers nine and eleven, respectively.

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