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The States With the Most Household Debt

Mortgage debt, student debt, auto loan debt, and credit card debt add up from coast to coast.

Total U.S. household debt continued to climb in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, households added $51 billion of debt in the final three months of the year, pushing total indebtedness to $12.12 trillion at the end of the quarter. Mortgage debt remains the leading contributor by far, but student loan debt also continued its ascent.

Source: FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax

How much does the average household owe? Nationwide, the per-capita debt is about $46,170, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in its most recent report. That can vary significantly, however, state by state. In California, where home prices can be infamously high, total debt clocked in at a whopping $65,510 per capita at the end of 2015. 

Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Source: FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax

The vast majority of the per-capita debt carried in each state is mortgage debt. At the end of 2015, the average per-capita mortgage debt was $31,500, data from the Fed show.

Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Source: FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax

Student debt, auto loan debt, and credit card debt is also in the thousands of dollars for the average household. Texas, Florida, and Nevada are the only states in the study in which per-capita auto loan debt surpassed student loan debt. Of the 11 states examined, New Jersey has the highest per-capita credit card debt, the data show.

Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Note: Based on the population with a credit report. The Fed did not provide data for all states.
Source: FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax

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