stimulus check

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed, millions of Americans were relieved to hear they would be receiving a payment to help them get through these difficult times. But several weeks have passed, and many people are still anxiously awaiting their stimulus payments to help pay for essential bills and to keep food on the table.

For those who qualify, stimulus payments can range up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for couples, and an additional $500 per eligible dependent. And while more than 140 million stimulus payments totaling $239 billion have already been sent out to taxpayers, millions more Americans have yet to receive their funds.

As it turns out, residents in some states are more concerned about the status and delivery date of their stimulus payments than those in other states. Partnering with data science and analytics firm Mindnet Analytics, we analyzed search trends and demographic data from all 50 states to determine which places are stressing the most wondering when they will receive their Economic Impact Payments.

Read on for our complete findings, insights, and details about our methodology.

 

Our Findings

Interest and concern about the arrival of stimulus payments vary considerably across the country with residents in some states showing high levels of anxiety about getting their payments while those in other states don’t seem very concerned as a whole.

states concerned with stimulus check

Stimulus Check Concern by State

(1=Most Concerned about Stimulus Payment Status)
Rank StateTotal Level of Concern
1Mississippi100
2West Virginia93
3Alabama88
4Montana81
5Arkansas78
6Louisiana78
7Oklahoma77
8South Carolina76
9Tennessee73
10Georgia72
11North Carolina72
12Vermont71
13Kentucky70
14Rhode Island70
15Michigan69
16Indiana67
17Missouri67
18Arizona66
19Delaware66
20Oregon66
21Wisconsin66
22Wyoming65
23Iowa64
24New Mexico63
25Ohio61
26Minnesota59
27New Hampshire59
28Florida57
29Kansas57
30Maine57
31Idaho56
32Nevada56
33Pennsylvania56
34Texas55
35Colorado54
36Hawaii54
37Maryland54
38Alaska53
39Illinois52
40Virginia48
41Washington48
42California47
43Massachusetts47
44North Dakota47
45Utah47
46New York43
47Nebraska42
48New Jersey42
49Connecticut39
50South Dakota38

Texas Cities Still Waiting on Their Stimulus Check

We also looked a little closer to home to see which Texas cities are most concerned with the status of their stimulus check.

texas cities waiting on stimulus check

Rank CityTotal Level of Concern
1Abilene-Sweetwater TX100
2Beaumont-Port Arthur TX97.86
3Corpus Christi TX96.43
4Victoria TX94.29
5Tyler-Longview(Lufkin & Nacogdoches) TX72.86
6Lubbock TX62.14
7Sherman TX61.43
8Waco-Temple-Bryan TX61.43
9San Angelo TX59.29
10Dallas-Ft. Worth TX55.71
11Amarillo TX53.57
12Houston TX50
13San Antonio TX49.29
14Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen TX46.43
15Laredo TX45
16Austin TX42.86
17Odessa-Midland TX42.86
18El Paso TX37.86
19Wichita Falls TX37.86

 

Methodology

To determine which states and cities are most anticipating the arrival of their stimulus payments, we extracted US Google search frequency data for various relevant queries (e.g. “where is my stimulus check”) from the time period of May 1-15.

Additionally,  in order to seek out potential explanations for the pattern of stimulus check waiting we find across US states, we combined our estimates with demographic data for each state, including income, education, ruralness, and diversity. We used a multiple regression analysis to assess the associations between these variables and stimulus check waiting.

We find that out of these variables we examined, income was the strongest predictor of stimulus check concern while controlling for the other variables. States with lower average incomes have higher amounts of searches regarding their stimulus checks.

 

Are you still waiting on your stimulus check to arrive? Check out our guide detailing how to check the status of your Economic Impact Payment.