Cleveland tops list of cities improving on-time credit card payments

By staff

Cleveland, you rock -- at paying your credit card bills, that is.

The city was listed by credit reporting agency Experian in a report Friday, August 12, as the one that outpaces all other large American cities in improving its rate of on-time card payments. Experian looked at the number of card accounts that were late by 60 days or more in 2007, and compared it to 2011. Cleveland improved its nondelinquent ratio by nearly 35 percent. Another Ohio city, Cincinnati, was in third place on the list with an improvement of 30 percent.

There were also three Texas cities in the top five most-improved -- San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.

"In looking at the numbers, we're seeing that even in the cities at the bottom of the list, consumers are meeting their bankcard payment obligations better than before the recession," said Michele Raneri, Experian's vice president of analytics, in a press release. "While the Experian data shows an overall improvement to these 60-day delinquencies, as much as a 30 percent improvement is seen in the key Texas cities, which is a positive sign in what has been a slow economic recovery."

Nationally, the top 30 Metropolitan Statistical Areas showed a 20 percent improvement in improved bank card payments. On mortgages, however, the statistics look much worse: 25 percent more consumers are paying their mortgages 60 days late.Cleveland, though, bucked that negative trend, too. It was one of just four cities in the United States that improved in making mortgage payments, reducing mortgage delinquency by about 4 percent. The other three are Minneapolis, Denver and Detroit -- which led all cities with a whopping 17 percent improvement.

Below is the list of the top 30 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and how they performed in improving their credit card payments, ranked best to worst.

Top 30 U.S. cities in improving credit card payments
City Percentage change in improved credit card payments
1. Cleveland
2. San Antonio
3. Cincinnati
4. Dallas
5. Houston
6. Boston
7. Detroit 26.7%
8. Sacramento 25.4%
9. Philadelphia
10. St. Louis 23.8%
11. Kansas City
12. Pittsburgh
13. San Francisco
14. Atlanta
15. Baltimore
16. Denver
17. Minneapolis
18. Los Angeles
19. New York 18.2%
20. Washington, D.C. 16.8%
21. Portland, Ore.
22. San Diego
23. Chicago
24. Orlando
25. Las Vegas
26. Riverside
27. Seattle 8.0%
28. Tampa
29. Phoenix
30 Miami
Source: Experian

See related: Personal bankruptcies rose 8 percent in 2010, Even barely late payments can impact your credit score

Published: August 12, 2011

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