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

Gili Malinsky & Andy Kiersz

Aug 23, 2019

Gili Malinsky & Andy Kiersz

Aug 23, 2019

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 $131 billion in student debt altogether, while DC residents had the highest average balance per borrower at over $50,000.

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Student debt is one of the fastest-growing financial burdens on Americans, with over $1.5 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:

1. Alabama

Alabama residents owe $20.7 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Alabama borrowers owe $35,097 each.

2. Alaska

Alaska residents owe $2.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Alaska borrowers owe $31,866 each.

3. Arizona

Arizona residents owe $27.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Arizona borrowers owe $33,492 each.

4. Arkansas

Arkansas residents owe $11.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Arkansas borrowers owe $31,628 each.

5. California

California residents owe $131.2 billion in student loan debt.
On average, California borrowers owe $34,681 each.

6. Colorado

Colorado residents owe $25.9 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Colorado borrowers owe $35,152 each.

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7. Connecticut

Connecticut residents owe $15.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Connecticut borrowers owe $33,362 each.

8. Delaware

Delaware residents owe $4.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Delaware borrowers owe $35,406 each.

9. Washington, DC

Washington, DC, residents owe $6.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Washington, DC, borrowers owe $52,860 each.

10. Florida

Florida residents owe $87.2 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Florida borrowers owe $36,163 each.

11. Georgia

Georgia residents owe $60.0 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Georgia borrowers owe $39,443 each.

12. Hawaii

Hawaii residents owe $4.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Hawaii borrowers owe $34,687 each.

13. Idaho

Idaho residents owe $6.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Idaho borrowers owe $30,799 each.

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14. Illinois

Illinois residents owe $56.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Illinois borrowers owe $35,821 each.

15. Indiana

Indiana residents owe $27.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Indiana borrowers owe $31,375 each.

16. Iowa

Iowa residents owe $12.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Iowa borrowers owe $28,979 each.

17. Kansas

Kansas residents owe $11.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Kansas borrowers owe $31,006 each.

18. Kentucky

Kentucky residents owe $17.8 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Kentucky borrowers owe $31,113 each.

19. Louisiana

Louisiana residents owe $19.6 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Louisiana borrowers owe $32,650 each.

20. Maine

Maine residents owe $5.6 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Maine borrowers owe $31,621 each.

21. Maryland

Maryland residents owe $32.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Maryland borrowers owe $40,418 each.

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22. Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents owe $28.2 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Massachusetts borrowers owe $32,730 each.

23. Michigan

Michigan residents owe $47.2 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Michigan borrowers owe $34,028 each.

24. Minnesota

Minnesota residents owe $24.7 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Minnesota borrowers owe $31,995 each.

25. Mississippi

Mississippi residents owe $14.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Mississippi borrowers owe $34,590 each.

26. Missouri

Missouri residents owe $27.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Missouri borrowers owe $33,736 each.

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27. Montana

Montana residents owe $3.8 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Montana borrowers owe $31,799 each.

28. Nebraska

Nebraska residents owe $7.3 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Nebraska borrowers owe $30,595 each.

29. Nevada

Nevada residents owe $10.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Nevada borrowers owe $31,851 each.

30. New Hampshire

New Hampshire residents owe $5.9 billion in student loan debt.
On average, New Hampshire borrowers owe $32,258 each.

31. New Jersey

New Jersey residents owe $37.6 billion in student loan debt.
On average, New Jersey borrowers owe $33,497 each.

32. New Mexico

New Mexico residents owe $7.0 billion in student loan debt.
On average, New Mexico borrowers owe $32,037 each.

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33. New York

New York residents owe $85.3 billion in student loan debt.
On average, New York borrowers owe $36,060 each.

34. North Carolina

North Carolina residents owe $42.7 billion in student loan debt.
On average, North Carolina borrowers owe $35,687 each.

35. North Dakota

North Dakota residents owe $2.3 billion in student loan debt.
On average, North Dakota borrowers owe $28,049 each.

36. Ohio

Ohio residents owe $57.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Ohio borrowers owe $32,992 each.

37. Oklahoma 

Oklahoma residents owe $13.8 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Oklahoma borrowers owe $30,131 each.

38. Oregon

Oregon residents owe $18.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Oregon borrowers owe $35,071 each.

39. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents owe $58.7 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Pennsylvania borrowers owe $33,935 each.

40. Rhode Island

Rhode Island residents owe $4.1 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Rhode Island borrowers owe $30,506 each.

41. South Carolina

South Carolina residents owe $24.4 billion in student loan debt.
On average, South Carolina borrowers owe $36,456 each.

42. South Dakota

South Dakota residents owe $3.3 billion in student loan debt.
On average, South Dakota borrowers owe $30,082 each.

43. Tennessee 

Tennessee residents owe $27.8 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Tennessee borrowers owe $34,526 each.

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44. Texas

Texas residents owe $103.0 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Texas borrowers owe $31,311 each.

45. Utah

Utah residents owe $8.9 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Utah borrowers owe $30,775 each.

46. Vermont

Vermont residents owe $2.6 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Vermont borrowers owe $35,135 each.

47. Virginia

Virginia residents owe $38.0 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Virginia borrowers owe $37,244 each.

48. Washington

Washington residents owe $25.3 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Washington borrowers owe $33,311 each.

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49. West Virginia

West Virginia residents owe $6.6 billion in student loan debt.
On average, West Virginia borrowers owe $30,303 each.

50. Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents owe $21.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Wisconsin borrowers owe $30,440 each.

51. Wyoming

Wyoming residents owe $1.5 billion in student loan debt.
On average, Wyoming borrowers owe $29,183 each.

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