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Metro Areas' average credit rating revealed

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  • Metro Areas' average credit rating revealed

    Feb 7,2013

    Where you live could say something about your financial risk, which could be a wake-up call to borrowers who live in a city that has the worst average credit score. TransUnion has determined the average risk for a collective group of people, based on where they live.

    Augusta, Ga., for example, is one of 10 metropolitan areas with the lowest average credit scores, according to a report released Thursday by TransUnion.

    While cities and metro areas don't have a score , TransUnion determined the average risk for a collective group of people, based on where they live, says Heather Battison, TransUnion senior director for consumer education.

    A low metro rating doesn't just indicate that people who live there are sloppy bill payers. Some areas are likely to have a high unemployment rate or to have been hammered by home foreclosures, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at

    The metro scores tell people how they stack up compared with neighbors. If you live in San Jose, Calif., which has the highest average credit score, but your credit score is low, most of the people around you have better financial health, Battison says.

    TransUnion hopes metro ratings will encourage people to pay more attention to their personal credit standing. Credit scores are essential for buying a home or getting a bank loan, for example.

    "Most people do not review their credit reports until it's a little too late," Battison says. "It takes time if you're trying to look healthier in the eyes of the lender."

    The TransUnion metro rating uses the VantageScore, which ranges from 501 to 999. It's different from FICO scores, which are between 300 and 850. "Vantage is a perfectly legitimate score," Ulzheimer says. "But there is massive consumer confusion about the different types of credit scores."

    Even if a consumer received a good score from one credit bureau, it doesn't mean that a lender is using the same rating. One of five consumers would likely receive a meaningfully different score than a creditor would see, says a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study released in September.

    There can be errors in your credit score. But many people are guilty of the deadly financial sins, which, Ulzheimer says, include late payments, bankruptcy filings, home foreclosure and credit card debt.

    "People have a lot of New Year's resolutions," Battison says. "It is the perfect time for consumers to review their credit information, to ensure it accurately reflects their credit history and to identify areas to work on."

    based on VantageScore credit scores, which range from 501 to 999

    Metro areas with the highest average credit scores

    Metro area, score
    San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. 700
    San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif. 696
    Madison, Wis. 694
    Honolulu 693
    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. 691
    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. 690
    Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. 689
    Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif. 685
    Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine 685
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. 685

    Metro areas with the lowest average credit scores

    Metro area, score
    Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. 638
    McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 639
    Jackson, Miss. 642
    El Paso 650
    Columbia, S.C. 650
    Las Vegas-Paradise 650
    Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 651
    Baton Rouge 651
    Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 651
    Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C. 651
    Last edited by LadyInTheRed; 02-07-2013, 03:22 PM. Reason: To correct typo in title

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    "But many people are guilty of the deadly financial sins, which, Ulzheimer says, include late payments, bankruptcy filings, home foreclosure and credit card debt."

    Deadly, sins? Really? Is that why my Vantage score while still in a Chap 13 is 74 points above average for my metro area which has the 2nd highest Vantage score in the country? "Deadly" is a bit of an exageration. I'm not sure you can actually kill a credit score. Your score can be nurtured back to health.

    Interesting to see how low the average scores actually are.
    LadyInTheRed is in the black!
    Filed Chap 13 April 2010. Discharged May 2015.
    $143,000 in debt discharged for $36,500, including attorneys fees. Money well spent!


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