Why More People Are Using Small Banks And Credit Unions

Community banks and credit unions are attracting a small but growing number of you, study shows.

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While most of you are still getting your primary credit cards from national banks, a growing number of you are tapping credit unions and community banks for these cards instead, according to a new study.

That is, 68% of national banks last year issued consumers their primary cards and have an even stronger lead among consumers who also bank with them, according to the study by PYMNTS Intelligence and Elan Credit Card. This, however, is a significant decline from the 76% that big banks issued in 2020, as shown in the study, which surveyed 2,088 U.S. consumers who earn more than $100,000 annually.

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Jamie Feldman

Jamie Feldman is a journalist, essayist and content creator. After building a byline as a lifestyle editor for HuffPost, her articles and editorials have since appeared in Cosmopolitan, Betches, Nylon, Bustle, Parade, and Well+Good. Her journey out of credit card debt, which she chronicles on TikTok, has amassed a loyal social media following. Her story has been featured in Fortune, Business Insider and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and NPR. She is currently producing a podcast on the same topic and living in Brooklyn, New York.