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Surprising share of Austinites saddled with $10,000 or more in credit card debt

Surprising share of Austinites saddled with $10K in credit card debt

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We're up to our ears in debt, Austin. Photo by Image Source/Getty Images

You hear that noise, Austin? It’s the sound of your bank account screaming under the weight of the heavier debt load you’re shouldering.

report released by personal finance platform LendingTree shows Austin ranks sixth among the 100 largest U.S. metro areas for the share of people (20.8 percent) with credit card balances totaling at least $10,000. LendingTree says 1.7 percent of cardholders in Austin owe at least $50,000.

Austin jumped 20 spots in the ranking compared with its 26th-place showing in LendingTree’s 2019 report. The Capital City wasn’t alone among Texas metros in terms of higher rankings:

  • Houston climbed from No. 32 two years ago to No. 10 this year. According to LendingTree, 20 percent of cardholders in the metro have credit card debt of at least $10,000, and 1.6 percent have credit card debt of at least $50,000.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth moved from No. 33 to No. 18. Today, 19.2 percent of cardholders in the metro have debt totaling at least $10,000 and 1.5 percent have credit card debt totaling at least $50,000.
  • San Antonio rose from No. 27 to No. 26. There, 18.4 percent of cardholders have credit card debt of $10,000 or more and 1.2 percent have credit card debt of $50,000 or more.

LendingTree offers perhaps a partial explanation for the increase in five-digit credit card balances among Texas metros: “While the saying goes that ‘everything is bigger in Texas,’ that hasn’t traditionally been the case with salaries in the Lone Star State. The big metros in Texas have generally trailed behind the big coastal metros in that measure.”

Bridgeport, Connecticut, holds the No. 1 spot for the largest share of cardholders (24.3 percent) with at least $10,000 in debt.