The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released the 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households on September 12, 2012.
The survey is the most complex and comprehensive study performed in the United State on unbanked and underbanked taxpayers. Apart from advice to the public, the survey also gives advice to the banking industry and policy makers on certain demographics and the needs of American citizens.
According to the biannual survey, more than a quarter—about 28.3%–of all U.S. householders are unbanked or underbanked. The results show a slight increase from the 2009 survey.
Roughly 821,000 U.S. households became unbanked just between 2009 and the end of 2011. About half of the unbanked households stated they did not have enough money to have an account, while a percentage stated they did not want or need an account. About 3 in every 10 households in the United States stated they do not have a savings account.
The survey included these important finds as well:
· about 8.2 percent of all U.S. households are unbanked, a figure of about 10 million homes
· approximately 20.1 percent of all U.S. households are underbanked, a figure of about 24 million homes or 51 million adults
· about 29.3 percent of all U.S. households do not have a savings account, but only 10 percent do not have a checking account
· roughly 12 percent of all households will use an alternative financial service (AFS) like non-bank check cashing or payday loans in last 30 days
FDIC acting chairman, Martin J. Gruenberg stated, “The results of the 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households indicate that insured financial institutions have an important chance to grow their customer base by expanding opportunities that bring unbanked and underbanked individuals into mainstream banking.”
Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation