Pauline Millard is a Chase News contributor. Her work has appeared in the Associated Press, LearnVest and the Muse. | Posted: 11/30/2017 | Updated: 9/11/2018
The following article is part of Chase Slate's 2018 Credit Outlook, which provides data-driven insights on how Americans' views on spending, saving and budgeting are changing.
Your credit score plays an important role in helping you achieve your life goals, from renting an apartment to buying a car, getting a credit card to buying your first home. Whether you're happy with your score, or think it could use some work, there are several ways to keep track of it — and even bring it up.
The Chase Slate 2018 Credit Outlook found that most Americans are paying attention to their credit. Seventy-seven percent of people surveyed said they knew their credit score, with 9 out of 10 believing it is important to have access to credit. Buying a new home (92 percent of those surveyed) and purchasing a car (91 percent of those surveyed) were the top two reasons to have access to credit and a good credit score, according to the survey.
“Americans are more ambitious and action-oriented toward their credit health. They are not only expressing a desire to improve their credit scores, but also creating and carrying out specific strategies to achieve their goals," says Mical Jeanlys, General Manager of the Chase Slate credit card.
Here's a closer look at the results of the survey: