Americans owe three times as much for student loans as they did a decade ago

Americans owe nearly three times as much in student loan debt today as they did a decade ago. A new national report sheds light on how much the residents of every county in the U.S. owes, and it also hints at what might be driving the numbers.

Compared to the rest of the nation, Washington does fairly well in terms of student debt, according to “Debt in America,” a study by The Urban Institute. Its median debt of $16,211 is below the national median of nearly $17,000.