The NCUA Quarterly U.S. Map Review for the first quarter of 2021 covers several key indicators of the financial health and viability of federally insured credit unions, including:1
- Median four-quarter growth in assets,
- Median four-quarter growth in shares and deposits,
- Median four-quarter growth in members,
- Median four-quarter growth in loans,
- Median delinquent loans as a share of total loans,
- Median loans outstanding as a share of total shares and deposits,
- Median year-to-date return on average assets, and
- Share of federally insured credit unions with positive year-to-date net income.
Four-quarter growth is the growth from the end of the first quarter of 2020 through the first quarter of 2021. Most maps shown in this review display medians, or the 50th percentile of the distribution of the variable. In other words, for a given metric, half of all credit unions had a value at or above the median, while the other half had a value that was less than or equal to the median.2
Data presented in this review are rounded. Unless otherwise noted, indicators in percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of a percentage point, while indicators in basis points are rounded to the nearest basis point. In the legends, the data range in each color band excludes the value of the lower bound but includes the value of the upper bound of the range. Credit unions are included in their states of chartering or the states in which their headquarters are located.
NCUA makes information about the financial performance of federally insured credit unions available through its online Research a Credit Union tool. Through this link, you can locate information contained in an individual credit union’s Call Report as well as obtain a Financial Performance Report and summary documents about a credit union’s performance.
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Median Annual Asset Growth
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- Nationally, median asset growth over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021 was 17.1 percent. In other words, half of all federally insured credit unions had asset growth at or above 17.1 percent and half had asset growth of 17.1 percent or less. In the year ending in the first quarter of 2020, the median growth rate in assets was 3.0 percent.
- Over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021, median asset growth was highest in Idaho and Nevada (both 25.5 percent), followed by Arizona and Oregon (both 23.9 percent).
- At the median, assets grew the least in Washington, D.C. (10.0 percent) and Arkansas (12.2 percent).
Median Annual Share and Deposit Growth
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- Nationally, median growth in shares and deposits over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021 was 19.5 percent. In the year ending in the first quarter of 2020, the median growth rate in shares and deposits was 2.9 percent.
- Over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021, median growth in shares and deposits was highest in Nevada (28.4 percent) and Oregon (27.2 percent).
- At the median, shares and deposits grew the least in Washington, D.C. (11.7 percent) and Arkansas (14.7 percent).
Median Annual Membership Growth
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- While overall membership in federally insured credit unions continued to grow during the year ending in the first quarter of 2021, at the median, membership declined 0.5 percent. Membership declined 0.1 at the median over the year ending in the first quarter of 2020. Overall, fifty-five percent of federally insured credit unions had fewer members at the end of the first quarter of 2021 than a year earlier. Credit unions with falling membership tend to be small; 65 percent had less than $50 million in assets.
- Over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021, credit unions headquartered in Alaska and Idaho posted the highest median membership growth rates (both 4.3 percent), followed by Vermont (2.2 percent).
- In 28 states and Washington, D.C., the median membership growth rate for federally insured credit unions was negative. At the median, membership declined the most in Washington, D.C. (-2.7 percent) and New Jersey (-2.5 percent).
Median Annual Loan Growth
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- Nationally, loans outstanding declined 0.4 percent at the median over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021. During the previous year, loans grew by 2.0 percent at the median.
- Over the year ending in the first quarter of 2021, median loan growth was strongest in Alaska (10.5 percent) and Idaho (6.7 percent).
- In 21 states and Washington, D.C., the median loan growth rate for federally insured credit unions was negative. At the median, loans outstanding declined the most in New Jersey (-7.6 percent) and Delaware (-6.2 percent).
Median Total Delinquency Rate
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- At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the median total delinquency rate among federally insured credit unions was 34 basis points, compared to 59 basis points in the first quarter of 2020.
- At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the median delinquency rate was highest in New Jersey (93 basis points) and Maryland (59 basis points).
- The median delinquency rate was lowest in Utah (12 basis points) and Nevada (14 basis points).
Median Loan-to-Share Ratio
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Loan-to-share ratios are rounded to the nearest percentage point.
- Nationally, the median ratio of total loans outstanding to total shares and deposits (the loan-to-share ratio) was 57 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2021. At the end of the first quarter of 2020, the median loan-to-share ratio was 68 percent.
- The median loan-to-share ratio was highest in Idaho and Vermont (73 percent), followed by Wyoming (72 percent).
- The median loan-to-share ratio was lowest in New Jersey (39 percent), followed by Hawaii and Pennsylvania (both 42 percent).
Median Return on Average Assets
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- Nationally, the annualized median return on average assets at federally insured credit unions was 38 basis points in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 41 basis points in the first quarter of 2020.
- Idaho (96 basis points) and Alaska (88 basis points) had the highest annualized median returns on average assets in the first quarter 2021.
- Delaware (14 basis points) had the lowest annualized median return on average assets during that time, followed by Nebraska and Washington, D.C. (both 17 basis points).
Share of Credit Unions with Positive Net Income
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Share growth rates on this page are rounded to the nearest percentage point
- Nationally, 77 percent of federally insured credit unions had positive net income in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 80 percent in the first quarter of 2020.
- At least 60 percent of credit unions in every state and Washington, D.C. had positive net income in the first quarter of 2021.
- The share of federally insured credit unions with positive net income was highest in Alaska and Idaho (both 100 percent), followed by Vermont and Washington (both 94 percent).
- The share was lowest in Washington, D.C. (61 percent) and Nebraska (64 percent).
1 Overseas territories—Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands— are included in the calculations of the U.S. statistics and the maps and reported in the summary indicators tables at the end of this report. Due to the small number of credit unions in each, however, they are not represented in the text.
2 Technically, by construction of the median, there can be several credit unions “tied” at the median value.