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Is Your State Getting Its Fair Share of Coronavirus Stimulus?

Congress is now negotiating another round of economic stimulus to counter the coronavirus, and it still remains to be seen exactly what will be in it. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was one of the biggest planks of the previous stimulus effort, offering small businesses forgivable loans in exchange for keeping workers on their payrolls. Our two latest maps reveal how this money was distributed across the country.

Paycheck Protection Program by State

  • The states with the most people received the most money overall from the Paycheck Protection Program, including California ($68.23B), Texas ($41.05B) and New York ($38.35).
  • The most populated states likewise received the most loans, led by California (581K), Florida (393K) and Texas (389K).
  • Rural and less populated states are getting much less money overall, including Wyoming, which has only received about 13,000 loans valued at $1.04B in total.

Paycheck Protection Program per Capita

  • When measured on a per capita basis, Washington, DC is receiving the highest share of money in the country at $3,029 per person.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, American territories far away from the capitol are receiving much less per capita, including American Samoa ($213), Puerto Rico ($564) and the Northern Mariana Islands ($765).
  • There’s a group of states across the South receiving relatively less per capita than other states, stretching from Arizona ($1,185) to North Carolina ($1,183). These are the same places now seeing the worst case numbers for the coronavirus.

First, we illustrated the overall volume of dollars according to the US Small Business Administration with a color-coded map, overlaid with a yellow circle for the overall number of loans. This gives you a sense for which states are getting the most money in general. Second, we wanted to dive deeper into the numbers and make adjustments for population levels. So we created another map highlighting loan payments on a per capita basis, according to US Census figures for 2019, highlighting the places disproportionately benefiting from the program.

Top 10 State With the Highest Overall PPP Funding

State Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funding Loan Count
1. California $68.23B 581,140
2. Texas $41.05B 389,396
3. New York $38.35B 323,903
4. Florida $32.05B 393,028
5. Illinois $22.49B 202,143
6. Pennsylvania $20.71B 165,918
7. Ohio $18.37B 140,270
8. New Jersey $17.20B 147,550
9. Michigan $15.96B 121,135
10. Georgia $14.5B 156,814

Top 10 States With the Highest PPP Funding Per Capita

State Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funding - Per Capita
1. Washington, DC $3,029
2. North Dakota $2,316
3. Massachusetts $2,079
4. Minnesota $1,987
5. New York $1,971
6. New Jersey $1,937
7. Vermont $1,903
8. South Dakota $1,881
9. Connecticut $1,877
10. New Hampshire $1,876

The combination of both of our maps paints a complete picture of the Paycheck Protection Program. It’s no surprise to learn that the states with the highest population are taking in the most money overall. In fact, 9 out of the top 10 states receiving the most dollars are among the 10 most populated. California ($68.23B), Texas ($41.05B), New York ($38.35B) and Florida ($32.05) are the only four states to pull in more than $30B. That represents 34.45% of the total distribution, and those states account for 33.34% of the country’s population. At first glance, this suggests the Paycheck Protection Program was reasonably distributed across the country.

A closer look at the per capita disbursement of funds suggests a more complicated story. In fact, people living in some places took home significantly more money than other people. The clear stand out is Washington, DC where the per capita disbursement astonishingly came out to $3,029. Why would the businesses physically located in the capitol get more money on a per capita basis than everyone else?

It is worth pointing out who is at the opposite end of the spectrum, with the least PPP dollars per capita. That would be American Samoa ($213), Puerto Rico ($564) and the Northern Mariana Islands ($765). We didn’t map these locations because they aren’t official states, but it’s interesting to note the Americans receiving the least PPP aid are geographically the furthest from the capitol.

There are two other insights worth calling out about the per capita map of PPP dollars. North Dakota and South Dakota are two of the 6 least populated states in the country, and yet they land in the top 10. And there is an obvious collection of lightly shaded states across the South, stretching from Arizona ($1,185) to North Carolina ($1,183). West Virginia received the least money when adjusted for population among any US state ($1,005). And yet these are the exact same places undergoing the brunt of the latest surge in cases. The pandemic and economic crisis are therefore colliding with particular force across the South and Sun Belt.

Do you think there will be another round of economic stimulus in light of the resurgent coronavirus? What do you think will be in the package? Let us know in the comments.

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