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There are now three general purpose payment cards for every man, woman, and child in the USA. As of March 31st, there were 901.3 million credit and debit cards in circulation carrying the VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover brand. With 109 million American households, the average breaks out to 8.3 per household. The latest census estimates show a U.S. population of 296 million. The card figures include consumer and business payment cards. Besides the 901.3 million general purpose payment cards, there are an estimated 636.5 million limited use, or store and gas payment cards. Dividing the 1537.8 million total cards by the same numbers computes to about 14 cards per household or 5 cards per person.

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|_2. CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS-IN-FORCE (millions) |
|_. NETWORK | 1Q/05 |
|_. VISA | 463.4 |
|_. MasterCard | 346.9 |
|_. American Express | 40.3 |
|_. Discover | 50.7 |
|_. TOTAL | 901.3 |
|_2. Source: CardData (www.carddata.com) |

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