Student loan debt is one of the biggest issues in the United States that politicians are completely unwilling to address. Sure, you'll get the odd Democrat who says they want to do something, but it's never really that well thought out. But it turns out the issue may be more or less prevalent based on where you live.
Business Insider conducted a study to determine which states have the most student loan debt and which have the least. Using their data, they compiled the chart below to show the average student loan debt in every state. Take a look:
The state with the highest debt is New Hampshire, with an average debt of $27,200 per student. The lowest is Utah, which has an average debt of only $7,500 per student. That's only a little more than 25 percent of the average debt in New Hampshire.
It's also interesting to point out that the Northeast tends to have the highest debt in the country, although the Midwest is pretty high as well. Meanwhile the Southwest looks pretty darn cheap in comparison. This isn't horribly surprising, considering that many of the country's more elite institutions, such as the Ivy League, are located mostly in the Northeast. Business Insider noted that 40 percent of college students in the Northeast attend a private university, compared to only 14 percent in the West.
You'd also suspect that more liberal states would have less debt because they'd be more willing to hand out financial aid to students, but that's not entirely the case.
Who knows, maybe one day we'll live in a world where the amount for every single one of these states is $0.
(h/t Business Insider)