Here's the amount of student debt owed by every US state and DC, in billions

PeopleImages/GettyCalifornia residents owe $US131.2 billion in student loan debt.
  • Student debt is one of the biggest and fastest-growing financial burdens on Americans.
  • Using data from the Department of Education, we found the overall debt burden and average balance per borrower in each state and DC.
  • Residents of California owe as much as $US131 billion in student debt altogether, while DC residents had the highest average balance per borrower at over $US50,000.
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Student debt is one of the fastest-growing financial burdens on Americans, with over $US1.5 trillion in outstanding balances.

With tuition skyrocketing and a college education continuing to be necessary to join or stay in the middle class, that debt burden is set to keep climbing.

We took a look at how that debt is geographically distributed across the US. The Department of Education’s Office for Federal Student Aid publishes quarterly student debt totals and the number of borrowers for each state and DC.

Using that data, we found the total student-debt total in each state, along with the average balance per borrower, as of the first quarter of 2019:


Alabama residents owe $US20.7 billion in student loan debt.

Ttownfeen/Wikimedia CommonsUniversity of Alabama.

On average, Alabama borrowers owe $US35,097 each.


Alaska residents owe $US2.1 billion in student loan debt.

Associated PressKing Cove, Alaska.

On average, Alaska borrowers owe $US31,866 each.


Arizona residents owe $US27.5 billion in student loan debt.

Tim Roberts Photography/ShutterstockScottsdale, Arizona.

On average, Arizona borrowers owe $US33,492 each.


Arkansas residents owe $US11.5 billion in student loan debt.

Niagara66/Wikimedia Commons/Share AlikeHot Springs National Park Arkansas.

On average, Arkansas borrowers owe $US31,628 each.


California residents owe $US131.2 billion in student loan debt.

Eric Risberg/APUniversity of California, Berkeley, campus.

On average, California borrowers owe $US34,681 each.


Colorado residents owe $US25.9 billion in student loan debt.

Jeff Zehnder/ShutterstockUniversity of Colorado, Denver.

On average, Colorado borrowers owe $US35,152 each.


Connecticut residents owe $US15.4 billion in student loan debt.

ReutersStudents walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

On average, Connecticut borrowers owe $US33,362 each.


Delaware residents owe $US4.1 billion in student loan debt.

Paul Brady Photography/ShutterstockWilmington, Delaware.

On average, Delaware borrowers owe $US35,406 each.


Washington, DC, residents owe $US6.1 billion in student loan debt.

Getty/Chip SomodevillaThe White House.

On average, Washington, DC, borrowers owe $US52,860 each.


Florida residents owe $US87.2 billion in student loan debt.

Getty ImagesA view of Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

On average, Florida borrowers owe $US36,163 each.


Georgia residents owe $US60.0 billion in student loan debt.

Mike/Wikimedia CommonsAtlanta, Georgia.

On average, Georgia borrowers owe $US39,443 each.


Hawaii residents owe $US4.1 billion in student loan debt.

Getty Images/sphranerPearl City, Hawaii.

On average, Hawaii borrowers owe $US34,687 each.


Idaho residents owe $US6.4 billion in student loan debt.

On average, Idaho borrowers owe $US30,799 each.


Illinois residents owe $US56.5 billion in student loan debt.

Natalia Bratslavsky/ShutterstockUniversity of Chicago.

On average, Illinois borrowers owe $US35,821 each.


Indiana residents owe $US27.5 billion in student loan debt.

On average, Indiana borrowers owe $US31,375 each.


Iowa residents owe $US12.4 billion in student loan debt.

f11photo/ShutterstockDes Moines, Iowa.

On average, Iowa borrowers owe $US28,979 each.


Kansas residents owe $US11.5 billion in student loan debt.

Jeff Zehnder/ShutterstockUniversity of Kansas.

On average, Kansas borrowers owe $US31,006 each.


Kentucky residents owe $US17.8 billion in student loan debt.

View_Point/ShutterstockLexington, Kentucky.

On average, Kentucky borrowers owe $US31,113 each.


Louisiana residents owe $US19.6 billion in student loan debt.

iStock / MeinzahnNew Orleans, Louisiana.

On average, Louisiana borrowers owe $US32,650 each.


Maine residents owe $US5.6 billion in student loan debt.

sean pavone/shutterstockPortland, Maine.

On average, Maine borrowers owe $US31,621 each.


Maryland residents owe $US32.1 billion in student loan debt.

Rob Carr/Getty ImagesUniversity of Maryland.

On average, Maryland borrowers owe $US40,418 each.


Massachusetts residents owe $US28.2 billion in student loan debt.

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesHarvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

On average, Massachusetts borrowers owe $US32,730 each.


Michigan residents owe $US47.2 billion in student loan debt.

Ken Wolter/ShutterstockUniversity of Michigan.

On average, Michigan borrowers owe $US34,028 each.


Minnesota residents owe $US24.7 billion in student loan debt.

Scruggelgreen/ShutterstockMinneapolis skyline.

On average, Minnesota borrowers owe $US31,995 each.


Mississippi residents owe $US14.4 billion in student loan debt.

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesMississippi.

On average, Mississippi borrowers owe $US34,590 each.


Missouri residents owe $US27.1 billion in student loan debt.

Tupungato/ShutterstockKansas City, Missouri.

On average, Missouri borrowers owe $US33,736 each.


Montana residents owe $US3.8 billion in student loan debt.

Colton Stiffler/ShutterstockUniversity of Montana.

On average, Montana borrowers owe $US31,799 each.


Nebraska residents owe $US7.3 billion in student loan debt.

Ken Wolter/ShutterstockUniversity of Nebraska.

On average, Nebraska borrowers owe $US30,595 each.


Nevada residents owe $US10.1 billion in student loan debt.

trekandshoot/ShutterstockLas Vegas, Nevada.

On average, Nevada borrowers owe $US31,851 each.


New Hampshire residents owe $US5.9 billion in student loan debt.

Facebook/University of New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire.

On average, New Hampshire borrowers owe $US32,258 each.


New Jersey residents owe $US37.6 billion in student loan debt.

f11photo/ShutterstockJersey City, New Jersey.

On average, New Jersey borrowers owe $US33,497 each.


New Mexico residents owe $US7.0 billion in student loan debt.

Andriy Blokhin/ShutterstockNew Mexico.

On average, New Mexico borrowers owe $US32,037 each.


New York residents owe $US85.3 billion in student loan debt.

REUTERS/Mike SegarStudents walk across the campus of Columbia University in New York.

On average, New York borrowers owe $US36,060 each.


North Carolina residents owe $US42.7 billion in student loan debt.

ShutterstockCharlotte, North Carolina.

On average, North Carolina borrowers owe $US35,687 each.


North Dakota residents owe $US2.3 billion in student loan debt.

David Harmantas/ShutterstockNorth Dakota.

On average, North Dakota borrowers owe $US28,049 each.


Ohio residents owe $US57.4 billion in student loan debt.

On average, Ohio borrowers owe $US32,992 each.


Oklahoma residents owe $US13.8 billion in student loan debt.

Brett Deering/Getty ImagesThe Oklahoma Sooners of Oklahoma University.

On average, Oklahoma borrowers owe $US30,131 each.


Oregon residents owe $US18.5 billion in student loan debt.

Nadia Yong/ShutterstockPortland, Oregon.

On average, Oregon borrowers owe $US35,071 each.


Pennsylvania residents owe $US58.7 billion in student loan debt.

AP Photo/Matt RourkeLynnewood Hall mansion in Pennsylvania.

On average, Pennsylvania borrowers owe $US33,935 each.


Rhode Island residents owe $US4.1 billion in student loan debt.

P Meybruck/ShutterstockRhode Island.

On average, Rhode Island borrowers owe $US30,506 each.


South Carolina residents owe $US24.4 billion in student loan debt.

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockSouth Carolina.

On average, South Carolina borrowers owe $US36,456 each.


South Dakota residents owe $US3.3 billion in student loan debt.

ShutterstockSouth Dakota.

On average, South Dakota borrowers owe $US30,082 each.


Tennessee residents owe $US27.8 billion in student loan debt.

Thomas R Machnitzki/Wikipedia CommonsBrownsville, Tennessee.

On average, Tennessee borrowers owe $US34,526 each.


Texas residents owe $US103.0 billion in student loan debt.

f11photo/ShutterstockUniversity of Texas.

On average, Texas borrowers owe $US31,311 each.


Utah residents owe $US8.9 billion in student loan debt.

Maciej Bledowski/ShutterstockSalt Lake City, Utah.

On average, Utah borrowers owe $US30,775 each.


Vermont residents owe $US2.6 billion in student loan debt.

Getty ImagesA view of Lake Champlain in Vermont.

On average, Vermont borrowers owe $US35,135 each.


Virginia residents owe $US38.0 billion in student loan debt.

Facebook/University of VirginiaUniversity of Virginia.

On average, Virginia borrowers owe $US37,244 each.


Washington residents owe $US25.3 billion in student loan debt.

Ted S. Warren/APSeattle.

On average, Washington borrowers owe $US33,311 each.


West Virginia residents owe $US6.6 billion in student loan debt.

Steve Heap/ShutterstockWest Virginia.

On average, West Virginia borrowers owe $US30,303 each.


Wisconsin residents owe $US21.5 billion in student loan debt.

youngryand/ShutterstockUniversity of Wisconsin.

On average, Wisconsin borrowers owe $US30,440 each.


Wyoming residents owe $US1.5 billion in student loan debt.

ShutterstockJackson Hole, Wyoming.

On average, Wyoming borrowers owe $US29,183 each.

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