$40 million – The amount of purchases that Wal-Mart says District residents have made at its stores in suburban Maryland and Virginia in the last 12 months.
$40,000-$50,000 – Average household income of a Wal-Mart customer.
Living paycheck-to-paycheck and have children – The way most Wal-Mart customers identify themselves in company polls.
Jobs/employment, cost of food, rising gas prices – Top three concerns, in order, of Wal-Mart customers, according to company research.
144,200 – Number of D.C. residents receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
24% – That number as a percentage of D.C. population – larger than that in any of the 50 states.
89,626 – Number of residents receiving SNAP benefits in 2008.
61% – Percentage increase in SNAP recipients in District over last six years.
30% – Percentage of children in District estimated to live in households without consistent access to food, the second highest nationwide.
26% – African-Americans in the District living in poverty
38% – Residents of Ward 8 living in poverty
$3.8 million – Donations in the previous year to Washington-area food banks and other nonprofits by Wal-Mart, an increase of more than $1.4 million from a year earlier.
‘Living wage’ bill:
$8.50 – District’s current hourly minimum wage.
$12.50 – Hourly minimum the Large Retailer Accountability Act would have imposed on Wal-Mart and a handful of the city’s other largest retailers.
$12.10 – Average pay for regular, full-time, hourly Wal-Mart associates in Maryland.
$12.39 – Average pay for regular, full-time, hourly Wal-Mart associates in Virginia.
Sources: FRAC and Wal-Mart