Slideshow 10 worst states for student loan debt

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  • August 11 2016, 11:50am EDT

10 worst states for student loan debt

In order to identify the best and worst states for student-loan debtors, WalletHub, a personal finance site, compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia on nine key metrics, including “average student debt,” “unemployment rate for people aged 25 to 34” and “percentage of students with past-due loan balances” to average a state population's overall score.

In addition, student loan indebtedness was calculated using five of those metrics, including "student debt as a percentage of income" as well as the "percentage of student loans in past-due or default status."

Without further ado, here are the worst states in the nation for student debt.

Number 10: Ohio

Student loan indebtedness rank: 43
Overall score: 49.21

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Number 9: Mississippi

Student loan indebtedness rank: 40
Overall score: 49.21

Number 8: New Hampshire

Student loan indebtedness rank: 47
Overall score: 47.61

Number 7: South Carolina

Student loan indebtedness rank: 44
Overall score: 47.14

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Number 6: Vermont

Student loan indebtedness rank: 48
Overall score: 46.43

Number 5: Pennsylvania

Student loan indebtedness rank: 45
Overall score: 46.03

Number 4: Maine

Student loan indebtedness rank: 46
Overall score: 44.10

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Number 3: Oregon

Student loan indebtedness rank: 50
Overall score: 42.95

Number 2: West Virginia

Student loan indebtedness rank: 49
Overall score: 39.37

Number 1: District of Columbia

Student loan indebtedness rank: 51
Overall score: 36.71