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STAT PACK: Mobile Payments in the United States

In our latest STAT PACK, we look at how mobile payments in the U.S. stack up – contactless payments, crypto, QR codes and more!

Credit and debit cards are still among the top payment types in stores, at restaurants and other points of sale (POS), but mobile payments and alternative payment types like QR codes, cryptocurrency and buy now, pay later are growing in popularity. In a global consumer survey, in 2021, 17% of respondents said they used mobile payments from their smartphone, and 53% of respondents said they used online payments like PayPal and Amazon Pay this year. Contactless payments are more widely used too. In 2020, 1.6% of all debit card payments were made via contactless payment, compared to 0.25% in 2019. With the COVID pandemic continuing, the trend is likely to continue when figures for 2021 are reported.

Table of contents


  • Most common in-store payment methods in the U.S. 2020
  • Payments at points of sale by type in the U.S. 2021
  • Most popular online payment methods in the U.S. 2020
  • Online payments by type in the U.S. 2021
  • Smartphone penetration forecast inthe U.S. 2010-2025

Contactless/Tap and Go

  • Contactless payment market share during COVID-19 in the U.S. 2019-2020
  • Proximity mobile payments market size in the U.S. 2019-2020, with forecasts to 2025
  • Proximity mobile payment user figure in the U.S. 2019-2020, with forecasts to 2025

Mobile Wallets

  • Apple Pay market share in the U.S. 2020
  • Mobile payments by brand in the U.S. 2021
  • Consumers paying with mobile wallets in the U.S. 2020, by age
  • Mobile payments by situation in the U.S. 2021

QR Codes

  • Global QR payment market size in 2020 with forecasts to 2025, by region
  • Use of QR codes as a payment method worldwide 2021-2021
  • Places where global consumers would use a QR code for payments 2020-2021
  • QR code use related to marketing or promotional offers in the U.S. 2021, by age

Wearables/Smart Devices

  • Wearable devices usage in selected countries 2021
  • Wearable devices ownership in selected countries 2021
  • Share of U.S. consumers making purchases using voice-activated devices 2018-2020


  • Peer-to-peer payments in the U.S. 2021
  • User experience with six mobile payment apps, such as PayPal, in the U.S. in 2021
  • Most valuable mobile banking feature in the U.S. 2021


  • Ranking of cryptocurrency wallet apps in the U.S. 2017-2021
  • Ranking of the top 50 cities in the U.S. with the most Bitcoin ATMs 2021
  • Business types that offer cryptocurrency payments in the U.S. in 2021
  • Companies that accept cryptocurrency in U.S. as of March 9, 2021, by city

Get those data points and more in our latest STAT PACK, a members-only feature, to use for your own reporting or simply satisfy your curiousity.

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