Special Valentine's Day Report Spotlights "Credit Battle of the Sexes"

New Credit Sesame study explores whether men or women manage their credit better

Feb 11, 2016, 06:15 ET from Credit Sesame

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading consumer credit and personal finance company Credit Sesame reports that men lead women in overall credit scores – even though they have more debt.

"We were surprised to find that men still maintain the advantage for securing credit – in every age bracket and nearly every U.S. market," says Adrian Nazari, Founder and CEO of Credit Sesame. 

Select report results include:

  • Men have higher credit scores than women overall. Though income is not technically a factor for calculating credit scores, men make more money and may have more flexibility to manage their credit. Nearly one in five, or 18% of women in this analysis, reported earning $75,000 or more annually, compared with 23% of men.
  • The credit discrepancy widens with age.  Though men have higher credit scores across all age groups, the gap is largest among those 65 and older, where men maintain a 15 point advantage.
  • Men carry more credit card debt than women, with an average balance of $3,854.  But because their credit limits are higher, they are using less of their available credit.
  • Women are more likely to have five or more collection accounts than men, which can cause a significant drop in a consumer's credit score. In states including Nevada, Montana and West Virginia, nearly one third of women and over 20% of men have five or more collection accounts.

Click here for Credit Sesame's full "Credit Battle of the Sexes: Who Manages Credit Better and Why?" report. The report analyzed a subset of Credit Sesame's seven million members across the nation.

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