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Number of MasterCard credit cards worldwide 2018-2020

Of the 943 million MasterCard credit cards circulating in the third quarter of 2020, 234 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.

Number of MasterCard credit cards in the United States and worldwide from Q3 2018 to Q3 2020

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Release date

October 2020


Worldwide, United States

Survey time period

Q3 2018 to Q3 2020

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