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Average Credit Card Debt in Maryland: $13,145

February 13, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md. - About 20 percent of Maryland households are not prepared to weather the storm financially if unexpected big bills pop up, or to survive job loss for three months. The nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) "Assets & Opportunities Scorecard" also shows that Marylanders carry an average credit card debt of more than $13,000.

Don Baylor, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, says that is a precarious situation.

"They're essentially a job loss away from having zero assets."

The report also finds that about 55 percent in Maryland have sub-prime credit. As ways to help families get ahead it recommends state programs to support micro-enterprise development and increase college graduation rates.

Baylor says quality education equals expanded earnings and savings.

"Finishing high school and completing college - that's really where the state needs to focus a lot of its attention and link households' finances with increased educational attainment and access."

The CFED "Assets & Opportunities Scorecard" is available at

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD