About one out of five (19%) of the nation’s households owed student debt in 2010, more than double the share two decades earlier and a significant rise from the 15% that owed such debt in 2007, just prior to the onset of the Great Recession. The Pew Research analysis also found a record 40% of all households headed by someone younger than age 35 owe such debt, by far the highest share among any age group.
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