Credit Scores Show a Noticeable Division in the U.S.

Having a good credit score is a sign of good financial health.  We all know that reducing your debt, and not spending beyond what you can afford can help increase your credit score.  But, here’s a surprise: good credit scores are not evenly distributed across the U.S.

Best and Worst States for Credit Scores –

As a general rule, the average credit score is higher in northern states than the average credit score in southern states.


The editors at, the digital business publication, wanted to find out why this is so.  The quality of education tends to be higher in the North, which results in more responsible decision-making, and often, higher incomes.  Southerners tend to suffer from bad personal credit due to poorly ranked educational systems and a heavy dependence on government aid.  Southerners also tend to have higher bankruptcy filing rates than northerners.  These intriguing correlations prompted the editors to analyze other location-specific factors that might affect credit scores.  Writers and editors researched financial, social, personal and environmental factors for each state.

You’ll find the entire report HERE.

FitSmallBusiness editors used these weighted baseline metrics to factor into their analysis:

  • Cost of Living (10 percent)
  • Median Household Income (10 percent)
  • Quality of public education (10 percent)
  • Percent of residents with a bachelor’s degree (10 percent)
  • Unemployment rates (10 percent)
  • Average debt per person (10 percent)
  • Bankruptcies per 100,000 residents (10 percent)
  • Median age of residents (10 percent)
  • State spending on public assistance (10 percent)
  • Marital status (10 percent)

“None of this means that any individual northerner is more credit worthy than any individual southerner,” says Sarah Wright-Killinger, Managing Editor, FitSmallBusiness. She added: “But, it is interesting to see how credit scores and location correlate.”

With a rapidly growing monthly readership of more than 2.5 million, is an online publication devoted to helping small business owners.  Its full-time staff of writers spends hours of research, data analysis, and interviews with industry experts to answer the questions that owners want in order to run a successful small business.

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