Student debt in the United States stands at a whopping $1.3 trillion - some experts consider this higher than the rest of the world combined. It causes countless economic problems with young couples holding off on buying houses
, failure to pay off car loans, rising default rates - the list goes on and on.
Where in the United States
is the debt burden the heaviest? Washington D.C. has the highest average debt levels by quite a stretch. Student borrowers in the U.S. capital had an average debt of $40,885 in January 2015. There is a $10,000 gap to second placed Georgia where the average indebted student owes $30,443. The top three is rounded off by Maryland where student who have borrowed have an average debt mountain of $30,064.