If you’re trying to build or maintain healthy credit, knowing what’s considered a “good” score can be helpful. A good credit score can help you get approved and lock in better rates for loans and other types of credit.
Higher is generally better, but it’s hard to say specifically what a “good” score is. What’s considered a good score can differ by lender and the type of credit you’re applying for. The score you see in a credit monitoring service or when you buy a credit score along with your credit report may not be the score that the lender is using. There are also different scoring models. That said, read on to learn what a good credit score range is when you check your score with TransUnion, along with tips on how to maintain healthy credit.
What is a good credit score?
A good credit score is within the range of 721 – 780. This is based on the VantageScore 3.0® scoring model. If you get a credit score from TransUnion, it is a VantageScore 3.0 credit score. As your score climbs through and above this range, you can benefit from the increased freedom and flexibility healthy credit brings.
Understanding credit score ranges
Scores in widely used models, including VantageScore 3.0, range from 300 to 850. In addition to “good,” VantageScore 3.0 classifies other ranges as well. A very poor credit score is in the range of 300 – 600, with 601 – 660 considered to be poor. A score of 661 – 720 is fair. And an excellent score is in the range of 781 – 850. Think of these rankings and ranges as guides, not hard-and-fast rules for what good credit is.
Some people want to achieve a score of 850, the highest credit score possible. Having this “perfect” score may feel like a win, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy the benefits of strong credit. You can use credit score ranges to help you track your credit score goals, but they don’t necessarily indicate if you will or won’t be approved for credit.