Student loan debt 2022: Report reveals American states with the most, least debt
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President Biden announced on Wednesday that federal student loan debt for certain borrowers would be canceled.
Even though the cumulative student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.6 trillion, not every state is affected in the same way by student debt.
That’s according to a new report from WalletHub, which found the states – including Washington, D.C. – with the most and least student loan debt.
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For its report, WalletHub compared all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., based on 11 metrics in two categories: "student loan indebtedness" and "grant and student work opportunities."
Aside from the overall ranking, WalletHub also found how states ranked in a few of the metrics.
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For example, WalletHub found that South Dakota has the highest proportion of students with debt, while Utah has the lowest.
Mississippi was found to have the highest student debt as a percentage of income adjusted for cost of living, while Washington, D.C. was found to have the lowest.
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Maryland was found to have the highest unemployment rate for people between the ages of 25 and 34, while Nebraska and Utah tied for the state with the lowest unemployment rate in that age group.
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Meanwhile, WalletHub found that Hawaii has the highest percentage of student loan balances past due or in default, while New York has the lowest.
To see the overall results, here are the states – including Washington, D.C. – with the most and least student debt in 2022, according to WalletHub.
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