Consumer Lending On The Rise In Huntsville

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On April 7, 2009

As banks are pulling in their reins and taking on less risk across the nation, the number of consumer-loans in Huntsville and other midsize U.S. cities are rising. The midsize cities seem to be riding out the recession better than the big cities and rural towns.

In Huntsville, a metropolitan area of 376,000 that is home to many government contractors, borrowing increased 13.2% per household in last year’s fourth quarter, compared with the year-earlier period, according to data provided to The Wall Street Journal by Moody’s and Equifax Inc.

Huntsville’s increase was the largest among 207 U.S. metropolitan areas tracked by the two data-gathering firms. Similar-size cities such as McAllen and Brownsville, Texas; Yakima, Wash; Provo, Utah, and Lafayette, La., also saw consumer-loan balances rise by more than 8% year-over-year.

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