The number of U.S. credit cards issued on the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover networks is expected to reach 943 million by year-end 2019. According to forecaster RAM Research, the U.S. credit card industry is growing at a CAGR of 9.08%.
U.S. Credit Cards (includes charge cards)
(Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover)
2013: 566 million
2014: 611 million
2015: 666 million
2016: 729 million
2017: 794 million
2018: 865 million
2019: 943 million
Source: RAM Research
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