Collectively, America has nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. That burden isn't evenly distributed among the states. Some states are more friendly to borrowers than others.
WalletHub, a personal finance site, ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how advantageous they were for student loan borrowers. It searched for states with strong economic prospects and low college-debt-to-income ratios.
"No clear regional ties here. It wasn't like the best and worst states were concentrated on the coasts or in the South," said Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst who conducted the ranking.
States were scored by several factors, including the unemployment rate for people age 25 to 34, the percentage of students with loans past due or in default and the availability of jobs for recent graduates.
"Generally, if a state did really well in one category, it did well in the others," Gonzalez said.
— By CNBC's Tom Anderson
Posted 4 Aug. 2016