Credit Card Debt Increases By State

California, Texas, Florida and New York saw the biggest quarter-over-quarter spike in credit card debt, according to a new WalletHub survey.

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Americans now hold over $1.2 trillion in credit card debt, adjusted for inflation, according to a recent report by WalletHub, a technology-based personal finance platform. That figure includes $43 billion from the second-quarter of 2023 alone.

But the amount of credit card debt carried by individuals varies based on a number of factors, with people in certain states more indebted than others. That variation may reflect the different ways individuals have been impacted by inflation and rising interest rates, as well as the different levels of responsibility people show in terms of managing their finances.

WalletHub compared 50 states based on the most current consumer finance data from the Federal Reserve, TransUnion Credit Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Some states led the way in racking up credit card debt in the second quarter, while others contributed less to the overall increase. 

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Ten states with highest household debt include California and Texas

The ten states with the highest household credit card debt — Q2 vs. Q1 of 2023 — are:

  • California: $9,796 
  • Texas: $9,216
  • Florida: $9,053
  • New York: $8,964
  • Illinois: $8,046
  • Pennsylvania: $7,517
  • Georgia: $8,976
  • Ohio: $6,862
  • New Jersey: $9,468
  • North Carolina: $7,671

Falling right in the middle at #25 is Louisiana, with $7,863.

Ten states with lowest household debt include Wyoming and Vermont

The ten states with the lowest overall household credit card debt are:

  • Wyoming : $7667
  • Vermont: $7,162
  • North Dakota: $6,848
  • South Dakota: $6,857
  • Alaska: $10,142
  • Delaware: $8,252
  • Montana: $7,213
  • Rhode Island: $7,973
  • Maine: $6,827
  • New Hampshire: $8,171
  • West Virginia: $6,836

Average credit card debt per household jumps in 2Q

The average credit card debt per household rose 7.9% to $10,170 in the second quarter of 2023 from $9,245 in the second quarter of 2022, according to a separate WalletHub study. That figure is still $2,242 below the record, set in Q4 2007. 

At the same time, the credit card charge-off rate — the percentage of defaulted credit card balances in comparison to the total amount of credit outstanding — increased by 11.92% during Q2 2023, finishing at 3.38%.

At the end of Q2 2023, consumers had almost $43 billion in additional credit card debt. That is the second-largest Q2 increase ever.

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Kathryn Pomroy

For the past 18+ years, Kathryn has highlighted the humanity in personal finance by shaping stories that identify the opportunities and obstacles in managing a person's finances. All the same, she’ll jump on other equally important topics if needed. Kathryn graduated with a degree in Journalism and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She joined Kiplinger in 2023 as a contributor.