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.
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.
Stimulus Check Concern by State(1=Most Concerned about Stimulus Payment Status)
|Rank||State||Total Level of Concern|
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.
|Rank||City||Total Level of Concern|
|2||Beaumont-Port Arthur TX||97.86|
|3||Corpus Christi TX||96.43|
|5||Tyler-Longview(Lufkin & Nacogdoches) TX||72.86|
|9||San Angelo TX||59.29|
|10||Dallas-Ft. Worth TX||55.71|
|13||San Antonio TX||49.29|
|18||El Paso TX||37.86|
|19||Wichita Falls TX||37.86|
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.