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Most financially literate states in America

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    Most financially literate states in America

    According to NerdWallet, credit card debt in the US was an estimated $931 billion in 2017. The figures have risen year over year, with Americans now more likely to put unforeseen medical expenses and health issues not covered by their insurer on their credit cards. Their savings are not likely to aid them: GoBankingRates reported in 2017 that 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings account. Only a third feel they could support themselves for six months or more on savings.

    That being said, credit card debt is actually a (relatively) small part of a much larger problem. Student loan debt has been rising precipitously, affecting over 44 million Americans. More so, 71% of total consumer debt in the US is because of housing. All combined, Americans are more in debt than ever before.

    So why the financial burden? Financial literacy has long been treated as tribal knowledge. It is rare for schools at any level to require, or even provide, introductory courses on financial matters. Parents are expected to pass wisdom down to their children, but the reality is they’re in debt themselves. Americans, at all ages, don’t know how to break the cycle.

    But how does this trend vary region to region? Stacker looked at data compiled by WalletHub to determine which states are the most financially literate. WalletHub used survey data that determines financial literacy to inform their decision, alongside the financial planning and habits (such as share of adults who spend more than they own, or who have rainy day funds) of respondents, and their financial knowledge and education (such as educational attainment and high-school financial literacy grade). A more detailed methodology can be found here.

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    #51. Louisiana

    Total score: 51.72
    WalletLiteracy rank: #47
    Financial planning & habits rank: #51
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #49


     

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    #50. Alaska

    Total score: 54.66
    WalletLiteracy rank: #39
    Financial planning & habits rank: #50
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #43


     

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    #49. Mississippi

    Total score: 55.49
    WalletLiteracy rank: #51
    Financial planning & habits rank: #40
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #26


     

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    #48. Oklahoma

    Total score: 55.82
    WalletLiteracy rank: #49
    Financial planning & habits rank: #37
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #40


     

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    #47. District of Columbia

    Total score: 56.57
    WalletLiteracy rank: #38
    Financial planning & habits rank: #49
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #34


     

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    #46. New Mexico

    Total score: 56.64
    WalletLiteracy rank: #45
    Financial planning & habits rank: #43
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #24


     

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    #45. South Dakota

    Total score: 56.73
    WalletLiteracy rank: #28
    Financial planning & habits rank: #48
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #38


     

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    #44. Kentucky

    Total score: 57.29
    WalletLiteracy rank: #44
    Financial planning & habits rank: #30
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #48


     

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    #43. Delaware

    Total score: 57.31
    WalletLiteracy rank: #46
    Financial planning & habits rank: #39
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #32


     

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    #42. Rhode Island

    Total score: 57.47
    WalletLiteracy rank: #15
    Financial planning & habits rank: #41
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #41


     

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    #41. Hawaii

    Total score: 57.92
    WalletLiteracy rank: #18
    Financial planning & habits rank: #47
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #35


     

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    #40. Arkansas

    Total score: 58.49
    WalletLiteracy rank: #43
    Financial planning & habits rank: #26
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #46


     

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    #39. Nevada

    Total score: 58.57
    WalletLiteracy rank: #14
    Financial planning & habits rank: #35
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #44


     

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    #38. West Virginia

    Total score: 59.28
    WalletLiteracy rank: #50
    Financial planning & habits rank: #29
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #13


     

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    #37. Missouri

    Total score: 59.47
    WalletLiteracy rank: #48
    Financial planning & habits rank: #7
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #50


     

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    #36. Wyoming

    Total score: 59.55
    WalletLiteracy rank: #6
    Financial planning & habits rank: #45
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #23


     

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    #35. Pennsylvania

    Total score: 59.56
    WalletLiteracy rank: #25
    Financial planning & habits rank: #44
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #10


     

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    #34. Tennessee

    Total score: 60.02
    WalletLiteracy rank: #40
    Financial planning & habits rank: #6
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #51


     

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    #33. California

    Total score: 60.35
    WalletLiteracy rank: #2
    Financial planning & habits rank: #46
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #25


     

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    #32. Indiana

    Total score: 60.54
    WalletLiteracy rank: #42
    Financial planning & habits rank: #33
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #17


     

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    #31. Idaho

    Total score: 61.34
    WalletLiteracy rank: #7
    Financial planning & habits rank: #25
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #42


     

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    #30. South Carolina

    Total score: 61.39
    WalletLiteracy rank: #41
    Financial planning & habits rank: #20
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #36


     

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    #29. Oregon

    Total score: 61.40
    WalletLiteracy rank: #33
    Financial planning & habits rank: #28
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #28


     

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    #28. Connecticut

    Total score: 61.57
    WalletLiteracy rank: #29
    Financial planning & habits rank: #36
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #5


     

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    #27. Massachusetts

    Total score: 61.63
    WalletLiteracy rank: #8
    Financial planning & habits rank: #34
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #19


     

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    #26. Georgia

    Total score: 61.71
    WalletLiteracy rank: #34
    Financial planning & habits rank: #22
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #33


     

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    #25. Vermont

    Total score: 61.75
    WalletLiteracy rank: #26
    Financial planning & habits rank: #27
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #31


     

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    #24. Wisconsin

    Total score: 61.76
    WalletLiteracy rank: #13
    Financial planning & habits rank: #42
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #2


     

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    #23. Alabama

    Total score: 61.85
    WalletLiteracy rank: #31
    Financial planning & habits rank: #12
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #45


     

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    #22. Montana

    Total score: 61.92
    WalletLiteracy rank: #24
    Financial planning & habits rank: #38
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #3


     

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    #21. Nebraska

    Total score: 61.99
    WalletLiteracy rank: #20
    Financial planning & habits rank: #32
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #21


     

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    #20. Kansas

    Total score: 62.58
    WalletLiteracy rank: #36
    Financial planning & habits rank: #31
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #6


     

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    #19. Texas

    Total score: 62.69
    WalletLiteracy rank: #35
    Financial planning & habits rank: #10
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #39


     

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    #18. Florida

    Total score: 62.71
    WalletLiteracy rank: #30
    Financial planning & habits rank: #24
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #14


     

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    #17. Ohio

    Total score: 63.13
    WalletLiteracy rank: #23
    Financial planning & habits rank: #19
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #27


     

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    #16. Arizona

    Total score: 63.14
    WalletLiteracy rank: #27
    Financial planning & habits rank: #23
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #16


     

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    #15. Washington

    Total score: 63.30
    WalletLiteracy rank: #16
    Financial planning & habits rank: #21
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #22


     

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    #14. Iowa

    Total score: 63.51
    WalletLiteracy rank: #22
    Financial planning & habits rank: #16
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #30


     

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    #13. North Carolina

    Total score: 63.78
    WalletLiteracy rank: #37
    Financial planning & habits rank: #15
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #18


     

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    #12. New York

    Total score: 64.71
    WalletLiteracy rank: #17
    Financial planning & habits rank: #18
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #12


     

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    #11. Michigan

    Total score: 65.00
    WalletLiteracy rank: #10
    Financial planning & habits rank: #14
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #20


     

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    #10. Illinois

    Total score: 65.10
    WalletLiteracy rank: #32
    Financial planning & habits rank: #13
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #11


     

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    #9. North Dakota

    Total score: 65.69
    WalletLiteracy rank: #4
    Financial planning & habits rank: #9
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #37


     

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    #8. Colorado

    Total score: 67.01
    WalletLiteracy rank: #11
    Financial planning & habits rank: #11
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #7


     

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    #7. Maine

    Total score: 67.25
    WalletLiteracy rank: #12
    Financial planning & habits rank: #17
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #1


     

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    #6. New Jersey

    Total score: 67.47
    WalletLiteracy rank: #21
    Financial planning & habits rank: #5
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #9


     

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    #4 (tie). Maryland

    Total score: 67.83
    WalletLiteracy rank: #19
    Financial planning & habits rank: #3
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #15


     

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    #4 (tie). Utah

    Total score: 67.83
    WalletLiteracy rank: #3
    Financial planning & habits rank: #1
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #47


     

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    #3. Minnesota

    Total score: 67.93
    WalletLiteracy rank: #5
    Financial planning & habits rank: #8
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #8


     

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    #2. Virginia

    Total score: 68.15
    WalletLiteracy rank: #9
    Financial planning & habits rank: #2
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #29


     

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    #1. New Hampshire

    Total score: 70.28
    WalletLiteracy rank: #1
    Financial planning & habits rank: #4
    Financial knowledge & education rank: #4


     

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