How does your state compare with others on the financial literacy scale?
We’re a decade beyond the Great Recession, but the question remains: Have Americans learned anything about becoming more financially sound? Based on the fact that the total American credit card debt has passed $1 trillion and only two in five adults say they keep close track of their spending, some analysts say the answer is a hearty “no.”
WalletHub reports that 40 percent of U.S. adults give their personal finance knowledge a grade of C or worse. The credit score and reporting company sought to delve into that observation a bit further by analyzing the financial-education programs and consumer habits in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. to determine which states were the most and least financially literate.
The study used a data set of 15 key metrics — including financial planning habits, education level, credit scores and budgets — each graded on a 100-point scale. The company then determined each state’s weighted average to calculate its overall score. Those results were combined with results from the company’s WalletLiteracy Survey, which asked questions about investments, car insurance, how credit scores are calculated and interest rates, to rank-order the sample.
Here’s what the researchers found.
Other notable findings from the study included: