Walmart has more than 4,500 stores nationwide that are equally distributed across urban, rural, and higher- and lower-income neighborhoods. The recent announcement that 154 stores will close disproportionately affects lower-income, low-density areas. In those areas, Walmart Express stores account for more than 90 percent of the closures, but only about two-thirds of closures across all income and density groups. Here is a look at the neighborhoods where Walmart is closing its doors.

Stores that are closing

Walmart Express (102)

Neighborhood Market (23)

Supercenter (12)

Sam’s Club (4)

Amigo (7)

Walmart (6)

Gray dots are all other Walmarts

Arkansas

11

North

Carolina

17

Not mapped

Alaska 1,

Puerto Rico 7

Texas

29

Stores that are closing

Walmart Express (102)

Gray dots are all other Walmarts

Neighborhood Market (23)

Supercenter (12)

Arkansas

11

Sam’s Club (4)

Amigo (7)

Walmart (6)

North

Carolina

17

Not mapped

Alaska 1,

Puerto Rico 7

Texas

29

Gray dots are all other Walmarts

Arkansas

11

Stores that are closing

North

Carolina

17

Walmart Express (102)

Neighborhood Market (23)

Supercenter (12)

Sam’s Club (4)

Not mapped

Alaska 1,

Puerto Rico 7

Texas

29

Amigo (7)

Walmart (6)

[Walmart is ending its Express concept and closing 269 stores globally]

Median household income vs.

population density

The census uses several indicators to classify tracts as urban or rural. Among those is population density. Rural areas have fewer than 1,000 people per square mile.

 

High density

In 2014, the median household income in the United States was $53,657.

Lower

income

Higher

income

Low density

Population density (thousands of

people per square mile)

35

Walmart Express,

Chicago

30

Neighborhood Market,

Los Angeles

Walmart Express,

Chicago

25

Walmart, Long Beach

20

Gray dots are

all other Walmarts

15

10

Walmart, San Jose

Walmart, Baltimore

5

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

0

$50

$100

$150

$200

$250

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

Median household

income (thousands)

Median household income vs. population density

The census uses several indicators to classify tracts as urban or rural. Among those is population density. Rural areas have fewer than 1,000 people per square mile.

In 2014, the median household income in the United States was $53,657.

Higher income

Low

density

High

density

Lower income

Median household income (thousands)

$250

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

$200

$150

Gray dots are all other Walmarts

Walmart Express,

Chicago

Walmart, San Jose

$100

Walmart, Baltimore

Walmart Express,

Chicago

Neighborhood Market,

Houston

Neighborhood Market,

Bell Gardens, Calif.

$50

Neighborhood

Market,

Hawaiian

Gardens, Calif.

Neighborhood

Market,

Los Angeles

Walmart,

Long Beach

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

0

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

Population density (thousands of people per square mile)

Median household income vs. population density

Higher income

The census uses several indicators to classify tracts as urban or rural. Among those is population density. Rural areas have fewer than 1,000 people per square mile.

In 2014, the median household income in the United States was $53,657.

Low

density

High

density

Lower income

Median household income (thousands)

$250

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

$200

$150

Gray dots are all other Walmarts

Walmart, San Jose

Walmart Express,

Chicago

$100

Walmart, Baltimore

Walmart Express,

Chicago

$50

Neighborhood Market,

Bell Gardens, Calif.

Neighborhood Market,

Houston

Neighborhood Market,

Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Neighborhood Market,

Los Angeles

Walmart,

Long Beach

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

0

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

Population density (thousands of people per square mile)

QUADRANT DETAILS

Low density,

lower income

96 stores closing

These areas are predominantly lower-income and rural. Walmart Express stores, part of a pilot program intended to compete with dollar stores, account for 88 of the 96 store closures in this quadrant, mostly in the southeast.

Lower-income

Walmart,

Oakland

Less

dense

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

Oakland

Kimball, W.Va.

McAllen, Tex.

PR: 3

88 Walmart Express

4 Supercenter

3 Amigo

1 Walmart

High density,

lower income

25 stores closing

Lower-income, densely populated neighborhoods, such as that of the Cesar E Chávez Ave. Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles, are mostly in cities. 25 stores are closing in this quadrant.

More

dense

Neighborhood

Market,

Los Angeles

All near

Los Angeles

Lower income

Milwaukee

Los Angeles

PR: 4

11 Neighborhood Market

4 Amigo

4 Supercenter

3 Sam’s Club

3 Walmart

High density,

higher income

18 stores closing

These areas are urban and suburban, with higher incomes. 18 stores are closing in this quadrant, including one in South Lake, Tex., which has a median household income of $209,000.

Higher income

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

Walmart,

Baltimore

Walmart

Express,

Chicago

Walmart,

San Jose

More dense

Chicago

San Jose

Baltimore

Dallas/Fort Worth

12 Neighborhood Market

2 Walmart Express

2 Supercenter

2 Walmart

Low density,

higher income

15 stores closing

Low-density, higher-income stores are located in exurbs. Godley, Tex., has a median household income $18,000 more than the national median, but has a density of just 30 people per square mile.

Higher income

Walmart Express,

Godley, Tex.

Less dense

Wichita, KS

Dallas/Fort Worth

AK: 1

12 Walmart Express

1 Sam’s Club

2 Supercenter

Note: “All other stores” dots do not include

Sam’s Clubs.

QUADRANT DETAILS

Low density,

higher income

15 stores closing

High density,

higher income

18 stores closing

Low-density, higher-income stores are located in exurbs. Godley, Tex., has a median household income $18,000 more than the national median, but has a density of just 30 people per square mile.

These areas are urban and suburban, with higher incomes. 18 stores are closing in this quadrant, including one in South Lake, Tex., which has a median household income of $209,000.

Higher income

Higher income

Both near

Fort Worth

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

Walmart,

Baltimore

Walmart

Express,

Chicago

Walmart,

San Jose

Walmart Express,

Godley, Tex.

Less dense

More dense

Chicago

San Jose

Baltimore

Wichita, KS

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth

AK: 1

12 Walmart Express

1 Sam’s Club

2 Supercenter

12 Neighborhood Market

2 Walmart Express

2 Supercenter

2 Walmart

Low density,

lower income

96 stores closing

High density,

lower income

25 stores closing

These areas are predominantly lower-income and rural. Walmart Express stores, part of a pilot program intended to compete with dollar stores, account for 88 of the 96 store closures in this quadrant, mostly in the southeast.

Lower-income, densely populated neighborhoods, such as that of the Cesar E Chávez Ave. Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles, are mostly in cities. 25 stores are closing in this quadrant.

More dense

Less dense

Walmart,

Oakland

All near

Los Angeles

Neighborhood

Market,

Los Angeles

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

Lower income

Lower income

Milwaukee

Oakland

Kimball, W.Va.

Los Angeles

McAllen, Tex.

PR: 3

11 Neighborhood Market

4 Amigo

4 Supercenter

3 Sam’s Club

3 Walmart

88 Walmart Express

4 Supercenter

3 Amigo

1 Walmart

PR: 4

Note: “All other stores” dots do not include Sam’s Clubs.

QUADRANT DETAILS

Low density,

lower income

96 stores closing

High density,

lower income

25 stores closing

Low density,

higher income

15 stores closing

High density,

higher income

18 stores closing

These areas are predominantly lower-income and rural. Walmart Express stores, part of a pilot program intended to compete with dollar stores, account for 88 of the 96 store closures in this quadrant, mostly in the southeast.

Lower-income, densely populated neighborhoods, such as that of the Cesar E Chávez Ave. Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles, are mostly in cities. 25 stores are closing in this quadrant.

Low-density, higher-income stores are located in exurbs. Godley, Tex., has a median household income $18,000 more than the national median, but has a density of just 30 people per square mile.

These areas are urban and suburban, with higher incomes. 18 stores are closing in this quadrant, including one in South Lake, Tex., which has a median household income of $209,000.

Higher income

More dense

Higher income

Less dense

Walmart,

Oakland

Both near

Fort Worth

Neighborhood Market,

South Lake, Tex.

All near

Los Angeles

Walmart,

Baltimore

Walmart

Express,

Chicago

Supercenter,

Kimball, W.Va.

Walmart,

San Jose

Neighborhood

Market,

Los Angeles

Walmart Express,

Godley, Tex.

Lower income

Lower income

Less dense

More dense

Milwaukee

Oakland

Chicago

San Jose

Kimball, W.Va.

Baltimore

Wichita, KS

Los Angeles

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth

McAllen, Tex.

PR: 4

AK: 1

PR: 3

12 Walmart Express

1 Sam’s Club

2 Supercenter

11 Neighborhood Market

4 Amigo

4 Supercenter

3 Sam’s Club

3 Walmart

12 Neighborhood Market

2 Walmart Express

2 Supercenter

2 Walmart

88 Walmart Express

4 Supercenter

3 Amigo

1 Walmart

Note: “All other stores” dots do not include Sam’s Clubs.

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