Number of MasterCard credit cards worldwide 2019

Of the 926 million MasterCard credit cards circulating in the third quarter of 2019, 240 million were in the United States. This means that there were roughly two cards for every three residents of the United States.

MasterCard in the United States

A sizeable share of Americans uses MasterCard credit cards on a regular basis. After Visa, it has the highest number of credit card holders in the United States. These two firms dominate the purchase card market, both in the United States and worldwide. Other leading credit card companies are Chase, American Express and Discovery.

Credit card market

One way that credit card companies earn money is by collecting a fee. These fees include interest on balances and transaction fees, both of which depend on the number of purchase transactions. To this end, MasterCard spends hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars on advertising each year, trying to maintain or grow its market share.

Number of MasterCard credit cards in the United States and worldwide in 3rd quarter of 2019

Number of credit cards in millions
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Release date

November 2019


Worldwide, United States

Survey time period

Q3 2019

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