According to Virginia Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan, “There are over two payday lending stores for every McDonalds in Virginia and three for every Starbucks.”
The thought of washing down a Big Mac with a chai was too appealing to ignore, so we mashed up Richmond, Virginia’s 1990-2000 Poverty Statistics by Census Tract along with Payday loan center locations. * Click to enlarge.
Richmond payday centers seem to roughly prefer to sit on the edges of areas with 15-30% poverty. People got to have a paycheck to give them an advance on, with 177% interest.
If a worker is short of cash and gets their full next paycheck advanced to them, how are they ever supposed to catch up?
With a windfall investment, or perhaps, another loan. — BEN POPKEN
* Combining 2000 poverty data with 2007 addresses is, admittedly, less than ideal, but it was the best we could get our hands on.