Unbanked Households on the Decline

Unbanked Households on the Decline

September 14, 2016         Written By Bill Hardekopf

According to a biennial survey from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the number of unbanked households in America declined to 7% in 2015. That is the lowest ranking in the survey’s history.

Previous surveys showed 7.6% of consumers being unbanked in 2009, 8.2% in 2011, and 7.7% in 2013.

In order for a household to be considered “unbanked,” no member of the household can have an account at a financial institution backed by the FDIC.

The FDIC also measures the percentage of underbanked households in America, which are those that have a bank account but also work with entities such as payday lenders and money transfer programs. That number did not statistically change from the previous survey, dropping from 20.0% in 2013 to 19.9% in 2015.

Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the FDIC, says these numbers reflect economic recovery throughout the country. He said the improvements made from 2013 to 2015 were more than “what one would expect even in light of improving economic conditions.”

Gruenberg also noted the improvements are occurring across different sectors of the population. Some of the most notable changes were in black and Hispanic households, where unbanked rates dropped about 10% between the 2013 survey and the 2015 survey. The only major exception to this is for unbanked Asian households, which increased from 2.2% to 4.0%.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of September 14, 2016. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About Bill Hardekopf

Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of LowCards.com and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
View all posts by Bill Hardekopf
Featured Low Interest Card
Top Features : 1.25X miles on every purchase; no annual fee; bonus of 20,000 miles once $1,000 is spent in first 3 months
Featured No Annual Fee Card
Top Features : Earn cash back twice. 1% when you buy plus 1% as you pay; 0% APR for 18 months on balance transfers
Featured Bad Credit Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee; Cash Back match at the end of your first year; Social Security Alerts
Featured Fair Credit Card
Top Features : No annual fee; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time
Featured Limited/No Credit
Top Features : No annual fee; reports to major credit bureaus; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time
Featured Cash Back Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee, Bonus Offer, Cash Back