Debt is often thought of as a scary word and many spend their lives trying to avoid it at all costs. Understanding what credit is, why you need it and how to build it can help make it less frightening and can actually put you in control. Debt doesn’t have to be a four-letter word.
To wrap up Financial Literacy Month, Experian released a study this week that takes an in depth look at debt and credit scores in the 20 largest cities across the U.S. and compares the numbers to where these cities were four years ago. The findings show that Detroit residents have the least amount of debt, while the residents of Dallas have the most.
From a national perspective, debt has increased by 5 percent and in 19 of the 20 cities studied, average debt has increased, which actually signals a positive trend. How is that possible, you ask? Well, the analysis showed that with the increases, these large cities are actually managing the debt they have quite well, and that credit lending is opening up.
REMEMBER: Credit is a tool that if managed correctly can be a positive – the key is not to misuse the credit you have.
Take a look at the map below to see how these large cities fared, and visit www.livecreditsmart.com to read more about the study and how you can make better financial decisions and be more aware of where you stand from a credit perspective. In today’s changing economy, it’s more important than ever to take control of your credit and live credit smart no matter where you live.
See the map below and view the news release for more information on this study.