Number of debit cards in the United States from 2000 to 2015* (in millions)

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Number of debit cards in millions

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This statistic presents the total number of debit cards in the United States from 2000 to 2010 and a forecast thereof for 2015. In 2015, the total number of debit cards in the United States was expected to reach approximately 5.24 billion.
A credit card is a a very convenient method of payment. It allows the cardholder to borrow money to pay for goods and services at the point of sale and repay the debt at a later date. Financial institutions which issue credit cards, usually banks, charge an interest rate for lending the money. In the fourth quarter of 2015, there were 424.35 million credit card accounts in the United States.
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Release date
December 2016
United States
Survey time period
2000 to 2010
Supplementary notes
* Starting from 2010, private label prepaid cards are included (prepaid cards without the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover logos). ** Forecast
Cardholders may hold more than one type of card. Bank cards and EFT (electronic funds transfer) cards are the same pieces of plastic that carry multiple brands. The figures do not include any duplication. Beginning 2010, includes Interlink & MasterCard PIN debit.

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