What Is a Good Credit Score?
The definition of a good credit score can vary depending on who’s doing the judging, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Quick take: A useful rule of thumb is that a credit score between 670 to 739 in the FICO score model and between 661 and 780 for the VantageScore model is considered a “good” credit score.
Tell me more! There’s nothing wrong with a handy rule of thumb, as long as you keep in mind that it doesn’t always apply.
- Lenders, landlords and others in charge of granting credit use many different metrics to decide who does and doesn’t qualify for their products. One lender might say a 670 credit score is good enough to qualify for their credit card or car loan; another lender, not so much.
- There are many different credit score algorithms, so you may see one number when you check your credit, while a lender, using a different scoring model, could be looking at a different number.
Bottom line: Rather than getting distracted by a number, focus instead on the best way to improve your score. The closer you move your credit score into the “good” to “great” range, the better your overall financial picture. A solid score buys you easier access to credit, and you’ll qualify for much lower interest rates, which means more money in your pocket for you to go out and live your life.
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You can pay off your credit card bills in full every month and still have great credit. Put another way, you don’t need to carry a credit card balance month to month. And paying off that credit card debt in full every month means you’ll avoid interest charges. You could file that under “win win.”
Andrea Coombes shares what qualifies as a "good" credit score.
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