To identify the 50 counties where debt in collection increased the most during COVID-19, 24/7 Wall St. ranked counties by the change in median debt in collection from February 2020 to October 2020 using data from the nonprofit think tank Urban Institute’s “Credit Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic” report. Only 2,225 counties with data were considered.
Additional information for each county includes median debt in collection for October 2020; the share of people (with a credit bureau record) with any debt in collections in October; and the median credit score — median Vantage score (300 to 850) of people with a credit bureau record — in October. All data came from the Urban Institute report.
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