Fourth-Quarter 2016 State Credit Union Data Show Growth Trends Continuing

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Federally insured credit unions saw continued improvement in nearly every category during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to state-level data compiled by the National Credit Union Administration.

Nationally, median loan growth in federally insured credit unions was 4% during the year ending in the fourth quarter. In the same period, median asset growth was 3.2%; the median rate of growth in deposits and shares was 3.3%; and the median loans-to-shares ratio rose to 64%.

The NCUA Quarterly U.S. Map Review, available online here, tracks performance indicators for federally insured credit unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The review also includes information on two important state-level economic indicators: unemployment rates and home price changes.

Median Loan Growth Positive in Every State 
Nationally, median growth in loans outstanding was 4% over the year ending in the fourth quarter of 2016, matching the rate during 2015. The highest median growth rates for loans were in Oregon and Alaska (both 8.9%), followed by Washington (8.6%). Median loan growth was lowest in Connecticut (0.1%) and Pennsylvania (0.6%).

Oregon, Nevada Report Highest Median Asset Growth Rates
Median asset growth was 3.2% nationally in the year ending in the fourth quarter of 2016, essentially unchanged from the 3.3 rate of growth a year earlier. Median asset growth was fastest in Oregon (6.9%), followed by Nevada (6.4%). Median asset growth was lowest in Arkansas (0.5%) and the District of Columbia (1.1%).

Shares and Deposits Rise in Every State
At the median, shares and deposits rose in every state over the year ending in the fourth quarter. 

Nationally, the median growth rate in shares and deposits was 3.3%, down from 3.6% a year earlier.

The median growth rate in shares and deposits was highest in Washington (6.7%) and Oregon (6.6%). The median growth rate in shares and deposits was lowest in Arkansas (0.3%) and Louisiana (0.5%).

81% of Credit Unions Report Positive Net Income
Nationally, 81% of federally insured credit unions had positive net income during 2016, up from 79% in 2015.

​At least half of credit unions in every state had positive net income during the year.  States where the share of credit unions with positive net income was highest were Idaho and North Dakota (both 95%), followed by New Hampshire (94%).

The share of federally insured credit unions with positive net income was lowest in the District of Columbia (60%), followed by Arkansas (66%).

Vermont, Nevada Lead on Returns on Average Assets
Nationally, the median return on average assets at federally insured credit unions was 35 basis points during 2016, an increase from 33 basis points in 2015. 

Vermont (79 basis points) had the highest median return on average assets during 2016, followed by Nevada (70 basis points). The District of Columbia (6 basis points) reported the lowest median return on average assets, followed by Delaware (12 basis points).

Idaho, Alaska Pace Nation in Median Loans-to​-Sh​​ares R​​atio
Nationally, the median ratio of loans outstanding to total shares and deposits was 64% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 62% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. The median loans-to-shares ratio was highest among credit unions in Idaho (87%) and Alaska (86%). The median loans-to-shares ratio was lowest in Delaware (46%) and Hawaii (47%).

Median Total Delinque​​ncy Rate Steady
The median total delinquency rate among federally insured credit unions was 81 basis points at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, unchanged from the same period in 2015. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, the median delinquency rate was lowest in North Dakota (36 basis points), followed by Oregon (38 basis points). It was highest in New Jersey (168 basis points), followed by Mississippi (143 basis points).

Membership Growth Remains Strongest in Large​​​​r Credit Unions
Credit union membership continued its overall growth during the year ending in the fourth quarter of 2016; however, at the median, membership declined 0.1%. The median membership growth rate was negative 0.2% over the previous year. 

Overall, 51% of federally insured credit unions had fewer members at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 than a year earlier. Median membership growth was negative in 23 states. About 75% of credit unions with declining membership had assets of less than $50 million.

Alaska (2.4%) had the highest median membership growth rate over the year ending in the fourth quarter of 2016, followed by Maine (2%). At the median, membership declined the most in the District of Columbia (-1.9%), followed by Pennsylvania (-1.5%).

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