Credit card market share statistics

Tamara E. Holmes

The credit card industry is a big business, and it is dominated by a handful of companies.

American consumers collectively were juggling $974 billion in credit card debt as of the end of 2020, according to the Federal Reserve consumer credit report.

Credit card market share statistics

Visa

Visa is the largest of the four major U.S. credit card networks. For the 12 months ending Dec. 30, 2020, Visa’s U.S. credit payments volume was $1.97 trillion, down from $2.15 trillion the year before.4

There were 343 million Visa credit cards in circulation in the U.S. and 798 million Visa credit cards in circulation outside of the U.S. at the end of September 2020.4 For comparison, there were 336 million Visa credit cards in circulation in the U.S. and 737 million cards in the rest of the world in September 2017.

Mastercard

Mastercard’s U.S. credit purchase volume was $837 billion at the end of December 2020, down from $909 billion the previous year.

There were 249 million Mastercard credit cards in the U.S. and 725 million cards in the rest of the world at the end of March 2021. By comparison, there were 243 million Mastercard credit cards in the U.S. and 705 million cards in the rest of the world the year before.

American Express

American Express saw its U.S. cardholders spend $828 billion in 2019, up from $778 billion the year before. For 2020, there was a slowdown, and American Express cards generated $693 billion in purchase volume in the U.S.

At the end of 2020, there were 53.8 million American Express credit cards in circulation in the U.S. and 58.2 million in the rest of the world. That compares to 54.7 million cards in the U.S. and 59.7 million in the rest of the world, in 2019.
Source: https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/market-share-statistics/

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