This Is What the Student Debt Crisis Looks Like

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Consumers owe more on student debt than on credit cards, according to June 2010 figures from the Federal Reserve. It's no wonder. As Niraj Chokshi reported, education costs are rising at a phenomenal clip, even faster than medical care.

The always illuminating Mint.com maps out student debt by state. Utah graduates have it relatively easy with only 41 percent of student graduating with debt, and the nation's lowest average student debt, at $13,000. In Washington, D.C., average student debt is more than twice as high, at $29,000.



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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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