How much debt do Americans really have?

LOS ANGELES— Paying off debt is the No. 1 source of financial stress in the U.S. today, but to find out what type and how much debt Americans are in, GOBankingRates surveyed nearly 3,000 adults asking about their mortgage, credit card, student loan and medical debts.

For full survey details, including insights into gender, age and income, visit:https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/survey-debt-americans/ 

Percentage of Americans With…

  • Mortgage Loan Debt (39%)
  • Credit Card Debt (38%)
  • Auto Loan Debt (31%)
  • Student Loan Debt (27%)
  • Medical Debt (21%)

Median Debt by Debt Type

  • Mortgage Loan Debt ($59,500)
  • Student Loan Debt ($9,100)
  • Auto Loan Debt ($8,000)
  • Credit Card Debt ($2,000)
  • Medical Debt ($600)

Stand-Out Insights:

  • 51% of Americans report being debt-free
  • Of the 49% of in-debt Americans, the median debt is $38,850
  • The median mortgage debt for women is $74,000$14,000 more than men
  • Women have almost twice as much student loan debt as men
  • Almost half of adults earning $100,000 to $149,999 have credit card debt, the largest percentage of any income bracket
  • Older adults ages 65 plus are least likely to have debt, and those ages 35 to 44 are most likely
  • While lower-income adults have the most medical debt, higher-income adults have the highest credit card debt

“Our survey found that Americans are saddled with various types of debt — from mortgages and student loans to credit card and medical debt — but it is a burden that can be overcome,” said Cameron Huddleston, Life + Money Columnist for GOBankingRates. “The best way to dig yourself out of debt is to make paying off what you owe a priority. Take a close look at your spending to figure out what unnecessary costs you can cut, then put that money toward your debt each month before you have a chance to spend it on something else.”

Methodology: Responses were collected through a Google Consumer Survey conducted from Sept.16, 2016, toSept. 18, 2016, and responses are representative of the U.S. online population. The survey has a 2.6 percent margin of error. – PRNewswire

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