The average credit score in the US in 2021 was 714 calculated using the FICO scoring model✓
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Experian is a consumer credit reporting company that collects and aggregates information on 235 million individual U.S. consumers and more than 25 million U.S. businesses.. A credit score of 714 is considered ‘good’ by the FICO scoring model.
We decided to take look at data on demographic trends in credit scores and see what the average credit score looks like by age, race, and state.
Credit Score Distribution
FICO® Scores range from 300 to 850 and they are grouped into six categories:
- Very poor: 300-579
- Poor: 580-669
- Fair: 601-660
- Good: 670-739
- Very good: 740-799
- Exceptional: 800-850
Most Americans’ credit scores fall into the ‘Good’ and ‘Very Good’ categories. Over 46% of Americans have a credit score of 750 or higher, while only around 15% have a credit score below 600✓
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FICO originally Fair, Isaac and Company, is a data analytics company focused on credit scoring services..
FICO® score distribution in the US
Credit Scores By Year
The average American credit score has been on the rise over the past decade, with the biggest increase happening from 2019 to 2021. In this three-year period, the average credit score increased by 12 points. Despite the pandemic, most Americans have managed to keep their credit scores in good standing. Federal relief programs, like stimulus checks and student loan payment freeze, have played a key role as well.
|Year||Avg. Credit Score|
Credit Scores By Age
Data from Experian, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, shows that people over 50 have the highest credit score on average. This is not surprising since older people have greater incomes, more credit history, and far more experience in managing credit.
|Age||Average Credit Score|
|Generation Z (18-24)||679|
|Generation X (41-56)||705|
|Baby boomers (57-75)||740|
|Silent Generation (76+)||760|
Credit Scores By Race
In 2021, the highest average score was recorded by White communities with 727, followed by Hispanic communities with 667, and Black communities with 627.
Native American communities recorded the lowest average score with a 612 average.
|Race||Average Credit Score|
Average Credit Score By State
The state with the highest average credit score is Minnesota (742).
The state with the lowest credit score is Mississippi (681).
Although the credit scores have been rising in all states, that rise has been slowest in the Southern states. Midwestern states on the other hand have maintained the highest scores.
|State||Average Credit Score|
|District of Columbia||717|
American credit scores have held up even under stress from inflation and a generally declining economy. There are still some signs of stress.
Recent data from FICO indicate that average credit utilization is up from 29.6% to 31%, indicating higher balances. Young people in particular seem to be under stress. from 2010 to 2021, 33% of 18-to-29-year-olds in majority Black communities, 26% in majority Hispanic communities, and 21% in majority white communities saw their credit scores decline.