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About 3 in 10 Americans Are Stockpiling Cash Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, MagnifyMoney Survey Finds

About 3 in 10 Americans Are Stockpiling Cash Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, MagnifyMoney Survey Finds

Of those who withdrew cash, the average amount taken out was $2,224.10

Consumers are rushing to ATMs in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a survey of more than 1,500 Americans by MagnifyMoney, a LendingTree subsidiary. The report found 28% of Americans stockpiled cash as economic uncertainty mounts, withdrawing an average of $2,224.10.

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Key findings:

  • You’re more likely to see a man rushing to the ATM than a woman. Of the respondents who said they’re stockpiling cash, 38% were men while only 18% were women.
  • Younger Americans were more likely to withdraw cash than older consumers. Gen Z was the majority cohort withdrawing cash, with 39% saying they had done so, followed by 37% of Gen X and 35% of millennials. Only 13% of baby boomers and 11% of the silent generation have chosen to do so.
  • Those with larger household incomes withdrew cash more than lower income earners. About 36% of respondents with an annual household income of $100,000 or more and 31% of those earning between $75,000 to $99,999 said they’d taken out cash. In comparison, only 23% of households that earn less than $25,000 per year had withdrawn funds.
  • Parents with kids under the age of 18 were much more likely to take out cash. About 47% chose to do so, taking out an average of nearly $3,000. Meanwhile, only 14% of respondents with children over the age of 18 and 23% of adults with no kids felt the need to withdraw and stockpile their cash.
  • Those who have stockpiled cash said they were primarily motivated by three factors:
    • The possibility of banks shutting down
    • The convenience of having cash during emergencies
    • The desire to ensure access to funds

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