Market Overview Survey Identifies the 10 Best and Worst States for Credit Conditions


A analysis highlights the 10 best and worst U.S. states for credit conditions. This study finds that in some states, people have their household finances well under control, while in other states there are widespread problems with bankruptcy, foreclosure, and other symptoms of credit distress.

Foster City, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

A study evaluated five important credit conditions in each of the 50 states and determined that while significant progress has occurred in some areas, other parts of the country appear firmly rooted at the bottom of the ranking.

North Dakota again takes top honors in this year's study, boasting high employment and low foreclosure activity. Nevada, with the highest unemployment rate and worst average credit rating in the nation, secured its spot as the worst state for credit conditions.

This information may be relevant to both individuals and businesses considering where to locate. “Once financial problems become common in an area, they have a way of sucking more and more people in,” says Richard Barrington, CFA, senior financial analyst at and contributor. “People who don't pay their bills can cause local businesses to go under; that leads to more unemployment, which means more people who can't pay their bills, and so on.”

According to's report, the 10 best states for credit conditions are:
1.    North Dakota
2.    South Dakota
3.    Vermont
4.    Montana
5.    Iowa
6.    Nebraska
7.    Hawaii
8.    Minnesota
9.    Wyoming
10.    New Hampshire

The 10 worst states for credit conditions according to the survey are:
1.    Nevada
2.    Georgia
3.    (tie) Indiana
3.     (tie) Tennessee
5.    Florida
6.    Alabama
7.    Illinois
8.    Mississippi
9.    Arizona
10.    Arkansas

“While household finances are very much a function of individual decisions, people and businesses need to know what the conditions surrounding them are like as well,” says Barrington. “The study allows people to know what they are getting into when they relocate, for better or worse. It also may let people in some areas know that things aren't as bad in the rest of the country as they are locally. That's information people can use to make better decisions about where they want to live, work, and do business. It also may encourage leaders of some states to do more to educate people about the responsible use of credit, and provide guidance on how people can work their way out of problems.”

Americans have a chronic problem with debt. Consumer credit outstanding recently hit an all-time high of $2.82 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. That's an average of more than $12,000 for every adult in the United States, but the burden falls more heavily on some people than others, depending on income, spending habits – and location.

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To determine state rankings, analyzed indicators directly related to individual credit usage and repayment behavior as well as broad economic health indicators. The five categories analyzed were unemployment (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012), personal bankruptcy rates (American Bankruptcy Institute), average credit score(Experian National Score Index), credit card delinquency rates(TransUnion) and home foreclosure rates (RealtyTrac). Tied total scores were resolved based on which state in the tie ranked highest in the most categories, and lowest in the fewest.

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