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Got Credit? Surprising Credit Card Stats

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Cards in Circulation

Through year-end 2010, there were more than a billion credit and debit cards in circulation in the United States. Here's the breakdown:

American Express credit: 48.9 million
MasterCard credit: 171 million
MasterCard debit: 123 million
Visa credit: 269 million (as of Sept. 30, 2010)
Visa debit: 397 million (as of Sept. 30, 2010)

Sources: American Express, Mastercard, Visa

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