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Main source of debt among consumers in the U.S. 2017-2021

Leading sources of debt among consumers in the United States from 2017 to 2021

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Release date

August 2021


United States

Survey time period

2017 to 2021

Number of respondents

2,320 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

general population

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "what is your main source of debt? Please select one."

Number of respondents:
2017 - 2,003.
2018 - 2,003.
2019 - 2,003.
2020 - 2,650.
The answer "Educational expenses for children/family members" was not included in the 2021 survey.
The source does not add additional information about missing percentage points to 100.

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