Sigh. and here I thought I was doing alright with a climbing 600 something. Guess not. )
What is the average credit score?The real median credit score (the one lenders use). Don't believe everything you read (particularly about average scores in the 670s).
"The Median FICO Score in the U.S. is 723 . " - Fair Isaac
Let's have a little fun. The day this page was first written is February 2, 2007, Groundhog Day. Here are a few of our friends saying what they think the average score is:
Check in here from time-to-time and use those search engine links to see if the nuts change their ways.
This is like your mother telling you that you only need Ds to get into college, your father telling you that eight yards is a first down, or your science teacher telling you that water boils at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They tell you the average credit score is 678 when it is 723.
Fair Isaac, the score creator, says that the median is 723. So, which is it. 678 or 723? Somebody is lying. Pop-media commentators don't help (search for the word lousy ).
FICO score distribution
Here. the FICO score national distribution is illustrated by a graph that shows how many people have what score. Think of your score as
a ranking, not a rating. Your FICO lies somewhere on a line between 300 and 850. When you increase your score, you actually move up in the order. At 499 or lower, you rank in the lowest 2% on the scale. At 600, only 15% of the population have a lower score than yours. 723 is the median FICO score. That is the middle of the distribution, where half of the population is lower and half is higher (that is the only average statistic that Fair Isaac has released to the public). If you have a score of 800 or above, you're in with 13% of the population.
If you had the median FICO credit score, 723:
75 million people behind you | YOU | 75 million people in front of you
But, what does that really mean in terms of a borrower's performance or behavior? The FICO score measures the likelihood that you will make a payment 90 days late or worse (bankruptcy, for instance) in the next two years. It predicts that that will happen to 87% of those people with scores under 500. At 750 and up, it will happen to 3% of the population. At 800 and above, the system predicts that only 1% of the people will have a 90-day late payment or worse in the next 24 months.