Does it really matter where you live when it comes to finance? Well, maybe. According to a new survey released by Credit Karma, there may be some kind of connection between the two. People ages 18 to 24 Taking a look at the 100 largest cities in the United States, the company was able to determine where this age group seemingly has the most debt in collections.
Utility bills, credit card payments and other debts can be easily thrown away. Seeing a debt collector on your caller ID can make it pretty easy to dodge them too. However, throwing it away and ignoring it will not make your debt disappear. Eventually, your debt will be sent along to a collections agency which leaves a mark on your credit report for more than seven years. Young people are especially vulnerable to this.
According to recent studies, only about 28 percent of people between 18 and 24 received any kind of financial education prior to college. Forty-four percent of that same age group has said that they’ve already had accounts sent to collections. But, it seems that they are way too young for that to have happened, right? Well, no. Most 24-year-old have at least one item in collections right now.
This type of financial hardship seems to be running rampant in certain parts of the country. Certain cities seemingly have more young people in debt than others. Is it because they have more young people in the area or because that area simply doesn’t provide enough financial education to these young folks to make a difference? It is up for discretion, however, it is most likely the latter rather than the former sending these young men and women into debt.
The following 10 cities have the most people ages 18-24 who have items that have been sent to collections (city and average number of items in collections – rounded the nearest tenth):
- Milwaukee, WI: 3.2
- Louisville, KY: 2.3
- Indianapolis, IN: 2.3
- Charlotte, NC: 2.2
- Greensboro, NC: 2.2
- St. Petersburg, FL: 1.2
- Las Vegas, NV: 2.0
- St. Louis, MO: 2.0
- Reno, NV: 2.0
- Birmingham, AL: 1.9
It seems that throughout the entire country (and maybe especially in North Carolina and Nevada) people are having difficulty managing their finances before they even hit the age of 30. Though a bit disheartening, there may be something to take away from this (and no, it’s not to avoid these cities). There needs to be a movement, nationwide, to better financial education for people prior to heading off to college. It could make all the difference in these people’s lives.
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