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Unbanked Profile

Philadelphia County, PA

A bank or credit union account can be the first step in saving, planning for the future, building credit and climbing the economic ladder, but more than nine million American households don't have one. Click through the tabs below to learn about the unbanked and underbanked population in your community.

 

14.3%

of households in Philadelphia County
are unbanked

 

23.5%

of households in Philadelphia County
are underbanked

 

Data Definitions

Unbanked: No checking or savings account.

Underbanked: Has an account, but continues to rely on alternative financial services, like check-cashing services, payday loans, rent-to-own agreements or pawn shops.

High Unbanked Census Tracts: Areas in which the percentage of unbanked households is greater than the national average of 7.7%.

 

Unbanked and Underbanked Households in Philadelphia County and Surrounding Areas

  Philadelphia County Philadelphia - Camden - Wilmington Metro1 Pennsylvania United States
% Unbanked Households 14.3% 7.6% 5.1% 7.7%
# Unbanked Households 81,037 166,161 249,549 9,085,000
% High Unbanked Census Tracts 73.8% 32.5% 26.7% 41.9%
% Underbanked Households 23.5% 18.3% 17.6% 17.9%
# Underbanked Households 133,173 400,099 861,190 21,276,000
Total Households 566,697 2,186,334 4,893,127 118,533,476

1 The metro area is defined as the surrounding metropolitan or micropolitan statistical area and consists of the following counties: Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Cecil, Chester, Delaware, Gloucester, Montgomery, New Castle, Philadelphia, Salem.

Sources: Unbanked and underbanked data for the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the 69 largest MSAs are from the 2009 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households.

Unbanked and underbanked data for smaller metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, counties, cities and census tracts are CFED estimates derived from a model based on the 2009 FDIC Survey and 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample and aggregate data available through American FactFinder. While these estimates are CFED’s best efforts to measure the unbanked and underbanked at the local level, the model is based on a national survey of approximately 47,000 households, and caution should be used when interpreting data at a local level. For more information on the estimation technique, read About the data.

The number of households is from 2005-2009 American Community Survey.

 

Nationally, the rate of being unbanked and underbanked varies by factors like household income, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, age and citizenship. Groups that have a higher than average rate of being unbanked or underbanked nationally are at risk of being financially underserved in your community. Below is information on who lives in your community and which groups are at risk of being unbanked or underbanked.

Who Lives in Philadelphia County

By Household Income Philadelphia County At Risk of Being Unbanked1 At Risk of Being Underbanked1
Below $30,000 42.3% √ √
$30K - $50K 20.3% √
$50K - $75K 16.1%
Above $75,000 21.3%
By Race & Ethnicity of Householder At Risk of Being Unbanked1 At Risk of Being Underbanked1
Black or African American 40.9% √ √
Hispanic or Latino 8.5% √ √
American Indian and Native Alaskan 0.2% √ √
White 45.3%
Asian 4.5%
By Educational Attainment of Householder At Risk of Being Unbanked1 At Risk of Being Underbanked1
No High School 19.1% √ √
High School 33.5% √ √
Some College 23.1% √
College Degree 24.4%
By Age of Householder At Risk of Being Unbanked1 At Risk of Being Underbanked1
Under 25 3.7% √ √
25-34 20.1% √ √
35-44 19.3% √ √
45-54 19.9% √
55-64 15.5%
Over 65 21.5%
By Citizenship, Nativity & Language At Risk of Being Unbanked1 At Risk of Being Underbanked1
Foreign-Born Noncitizen2 6.1% √
Foreign-Born Citizen2 5.0%
Native Citizen2 89.0%
Non-English Speaking at Home 6.3% √

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2009 American Community Survey.

1 "At Risk" indicates that nationally the population has a rate of being unbanked or underbanked higher than the national average per the 2009 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. For more information, visit www.economicinclusion.gov.

2 Data on citizenship and nativity refer to individuals and not households.

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CFED, under the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank on USA initiative and in partnership with Haveman Economic Consulting (HEC), has developed an estimation technique based on the FDIC’s 2009 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households that estimates the number of unbanked and underbanked households for each city, county, metropolitan area, and census tract in the United States with 250 or more households.

In the 2009 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, the FDIC released data on the percentage of households that are unbanked and underbanked for the nation, each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and the 69 largest metropolitan regions (MSAs) at www.economicinclusion.gov. This is now widely accepted as the most representative and reliable data source for banking status at these geographies, and this data tool uses the FDIC data for all geographies where it is available. Because it was not designed to provide data for smaller geographies like cities, towns and counties, CFED developed this estimation technique.

While these estimates are CFED’s best efforts to measure the unbanked and underbanked at the local level, the model is based on a national survey of approximately 47,000 households, and caution should be used when interpreting data at a local level. For more information on the estimation methodology, please read the technical documentation.

CFED and HEC gratefully acknowledge the expert guidance of Carolina Reid (formerly of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), Caroline Ratcliffe (Urban Institute), Jodie Harris (CDFI Fund) and Louisa Quittman (U.S. Treasury Department) throughout the development of this methodology.