BOSTON (CBS) – Boston is the city with the highest average student loan debt in the U.S., according to Forbes and credit monitoring site Credit Karma.

With an average student loan debt of nearly $44,000, Boston ranks higher than second-place Washington, D.C. (about $41,394) and San Francisco ($39,915).

Durham, N.C. ($38,462) and Atlanta ($37,946) round out the top five.

Boston, of course, has one of the large college student populations in the nation.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Laredo, Texas has the lowest average student loan debt at $18,048.

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