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In the US, consumers and households are dangerously in debt. Even after the catastrophic financial crisis in 2008, it seems in 2010 lessons from past mistakes have not been learned and taken on board.The Federal Reserve is looking at $2.4 trillion in unsecured debt. And the numbers just keep rising.
80-eight million accounts and credit lines representing $751 billion in credit have been closed since September 2008.
Here are several alarming consumer debt statistics:
1. The total amount of consumer debt in the US is nearly $2.4 trillion in 2010. That’s $7,800 debt per person.
2. 30-three per cent of that debt is revolving debt (such as credit card debt), the other 67 per cent comes from loans (such as car loans, student loans, mortgages and the like).
3. $51 billion worth of fast food was charged to credit cards in 2006, compared to $33.2 billion the previous year.
4. The average credit card debt per cardholder is $5,100, and expected to increase to $6,500 by the end of the year.
5. 1 in 10 consumers has more than 10 credit cards.
6. The average consumer carries 4 credit cards. While the average household carries $6,500 of debt.
7. 1 in 50 households carry more than $20,000 in credit card debt. That amounts to more than 2 million households.
8. 4.5 per cent of cardholders are 60 or more days late in their payments.
9. Roughly 2 – 2.5 million Americans seek the help of a credit counselor each year to avoid bankruptcy.