SOURCE: Manilla


April 18, 2013 11:10 ET Identifies U.S. Markets With Highest Loan Debt and Offers Insight Into Consumer Borrowing Behavior

New Quarterly Data Examines Student, Mortgage and Auto Loan Debt Across the Nation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2013) -  New data released today from account management service provides a snapshot into where Americans are geographically carrying the most loan debt. The report examines the student, mortgage and auto loan debt of Manilla users, both nationally and by individual market, as of April 1, 2013. Manilla is the leading, free and secure service that allows consumers to manage their bills and other personal accounts on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Manilla found that the national averages for student loan and mortgage balances decreased between Q4 2012 and Q1 2013, while the national average for auto loans increased. In total, the average debt held by Manilla users across the nation decreased 3.2 percent over the quarter, from $183,966.62 in Q4 2012 to $178,116.62 in Q1 2013.

"It's no secret that loans are a financial burden that many Americans carry and something many people need help managing," said Jim Schinella, CEO of Manilla. "Manilla helps make the process of juggling multiple loans and staying up to date on payments a simpler process by sending users regular payment reminders and providing a resource for keeping tabs on all accounts."

Student Loans
Nationally, the average student loan balance dropped from $15,455 at the end of 2012 to $12,826.04 at the close of Q1 2013. The average loan payment was also reduced by approximately $10 a month, from $121.66 at the end of 2012 to $112.00 at the end of Q1 2013.

Interestingly, the three markets with the highest student loan balances at the close of Q1 2013 did not appear among the top 10 markets at the end of 2012, possibly pointing to an increase in second-semester enrollment in those areas.

The worst debt offenders for student loans as of April 1 are:

1. Las Vegas: $20,541.36
2. Memphis, Tenn.: $19,956.97
3. Baton Rouge, La.: $19,307.93
4. Washington, D.C.: $18,956.39
5. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.: $18,468.73
6. Birmingham, Ala.: $18,388.33
7. Atlanta: $18,280.10
8. Phoenix: $17,731.39
9. Chicago: $17,045.71
10. Syracuse, N.Y.: $16,925.57

Nationally, the average mortgage balance as of April 1 was $152,620.46, down from an average of $156,345.20 at the end of 2012.

Nine of the top 10 markets with the highest mortgage balances remained consistent between Dec. 31, 2012, and April 1. However, these top nine markets saw an overall decrease in average debt, indicating that Americans are steadily paying off their home loans. The newest addition to the list this quarter is Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale, which joins the bottom of the list, replacing Denver.

The worst debt offenders for mortgages as of April 1 are:

1. San Francisco: $333,857.46
2. San Diego: $269,338.43
3. Los Angeles: $268,872.76
4. New York: $251,993.24
5. Washington, D.C,: $226,194.43
6. Seattle-Tacoma: $203,363.63 
7. Sacramento, Calif.: $199,211.01
8. Boston: $179,677.39
9. Portland, Ore.: $177,580.90 
10. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: $173,978.49

Auto Loans
The average auto loan balance as of April 1 was $12,670.12, which is up slightly from the national average debt of $12,166.42 at the end of 2012.

The markets with the highest auto loan balances also remained consistent from December to April, with Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, New York and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., continuing to have among the highest balances.

The worst debt offenders for auto loans as of April 1 are:

1. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.: $18,406.76
2. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: $17,287.24
3. Houston: $17,000.46
4. New York: $16,918.36
5. Memphis, Tenn.: $16,153.66
6. New Orleans: $16,098.07
7. Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota, Fla.): $15,908.55
8. Las Vegas: $15,799.31
9. Birmingham, Ala.: $15,746.03
10. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.: $15,667.67

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