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At What Cost? Student Loan Debt in the Bay Area
This report provides an in-depth look at student loan borrowing in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. As of March 1, 2018, approximately 735,000 Bay Area student loan borrowers (12.2 percent of the adult population) owed a collective $26.6 billion in student debt, with an average balance of $36,243. Nationally, total student loan debt climbed to $1.46 trillion by the end of 2018, more than doubling in size in the past decade, making it now the second largest source of consumer debt.