Auto loans comprise the biggest section of boomer debt, averaging about 39 percent of average debt across the 100 metros. Credit cards represented the next biggest debt type, averaging 35 percent across the 100 metros.
Baby boomers in Houston are the most burdened with non-mortgage debt, with a median balance of $31,626. On average, 43 percent of that is consumed by auto loans and another 33 percent is on credit cards.
Little Rock, Arkansas and San Antonio round out the top three, with median non-mortgage balances of $30,767 and $29,985, respectively.
On the other end of the spectrum, boomers in Oxnard, California have median non-mortgage balances of $20,876. 41 percent of that in on credit cards and 38 percent in auto loans, on average.
Boomers in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan carry the next lowest median balances at $21,110 and $21,181, respectively.
As with our other generational debt studies, Texas rules the top of the list for median balances. Five of the six Texas metros we reviewed fall in the top 10 (El Paso comes in 36th on the list).
Here are the top 10 U.S. cities where baby boomers carry the most debt:
Houston - $31,626
Little Rock, Ark. - $30,767
San Antonio - $29,985
Dallas - $29,736
Oklahoma City - $29,602
McAllen, Texas - $29,351
Austin, Texas - $29,157
Baton Rouge, La. - $28,853
Washington - $28,634
Fresno, Calif. - $28,166
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Using an anonymized sample of over 100,000 My LendingTree users born between 1946 and 1964, researchers calculated total debt balances from January 2019 credit reports. These results were then aggregated to the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas to calculate median debt obligations (non-mortgage), as well as the average distribution of debts across the following debt types: auto, credit cards, personal loans, student and other.
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