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San Antonio millennials burdened with more debt than anywhere in the U.S.

San Antonio millennials burdened with more debt than anywhere in U.S.

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San Antonio millennials are saddled with the most debt among America's big cities. Photo by Getty Images

For millennials, Alamo City is also Debt City. A new study from online lending marketplace LendingTree shows millennials in the San Antonio metro area carry the highest amount of personal debt among millennials in the country’s 50 largest metros.

In the San Antonio area, median debt for millennials (excluding a mortgage) was $27,122, according to the study. Auto loans accounted for 43.2 percent of the average debt for millennials in the region, with student loans at 30.2 percent, credit cards at 14.8 percent, personal loans at 9.4 percent, and “other” at 2.4 percent.

“The millennial generation makes up the younger portion of adults, and as they build their careers, families, and communities, they’re doing it encumbered by personal debt,” Kali McFadden, senior research analyst at LendingTree, says in a release.

Millennials in Texas’ other major metros aren’t much better off than their counterparts in San Antonio when it comes to debt like student and auto loans, the study shows.

The Austin metro area ranked No. 3 for the highest amount of non-mortgage debt, at $26,164, according to LendingTree. At No. 4 was Houston ($25,978). Dallas-Fort Worth appeared at No. 6 ($25,939).

Millennials in Austin had higher debt for student loans (35.4 percent) and credit cards (18.1 percent) compared with San Antonio. Auto loans claimed a 37.1 percent share in Austin, with personal loans at 7.6 percent and “other” at 1.8 percent.

Like San Antonio, Houston millennials had a big chunk of debt earmarked for auto loans (42.5 percent), with student loan debt at just 29.9 percent. The share of credit card debt was 16 percent, with personal loans at 9.5 percent and “other” at 2 percent.

The story was similar in Dallas-Fort Worth, although student loan debt was higher (33.3 percent) than in San Antonio or Houston. In DFW, auto loan debt was at 39.9 percent, credit card debt at 16 percent, personal loan debt at 8.8 percent, and “other” at 1.9 percent.

Among the 50 largest metros, the median amount of millennial debt was $23,064.