A person’s credit score is one of the biggest factors that determines the course of their financial life, from getting credit cards to qualifying for home loans to even renting apartments. The average credit score in the U.S. is 680. That puts the average American slightly below the bottom of the good credit range. The number to strive for is at least 750, which marks the beginning of the excellent credit range.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s finances, leading many people to need to take out loans or fall behind on their payments. While the government has taken some steps to protect people’s credit scores, such as offering forbearance on federally- or GSE-backed mortgages, not everyone can take advantage of relief.
In order to determine the states with the highest and lowest credit scores, WalletHub compared the average credit scores of residents in each of the 50 states as of September 2020, based on TransUnion data. Read on for the results, additional commentary from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.
States with the Highest & Lowest Credit Scores
|Rank (1=Highest)||State||Average Credit Score|
Building and maintaining a solid credit score is essential. In order to provide more insight on the credit-building process, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts. Click on the pictures of the experts below to read their bios and responses to the following key questions:
- What are the best ways to build credit?
- What are the most common misconceptions about credit scores?
- What are the best strategies people can use to minimize the impact of the pandemic on their credit scores?
- What are the most common mistakes to avoid when trying to improve your credit score?
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In order to identify the states with the highest and lowest credit scores, WalletHub compared the average credit scores of residents in each of the 50 states as of September 2020, based on TransUnion data. A rank of “1” corresponds with the state with the highest credit score.