Research Center • Pennsylvania
We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE households are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences not only for ALICE, but for all.
In order to better understand this growing population, United For ALICE provides a framework, language, statistics, and tools that community stakeholders can use to inform policy and drive innovation. The Research Center is the hub of UnitedForALICE.org — a one-stop source for exploring the latest ALICE data, on a national scale down to the local level in our partner states. Use the tabs below to navigate the Research Center.
Pennsylvania • Household Budgets 2018
Traditional economic measures systematically underestimate the actual cost of basic needs and how quickly they increase over time, concealing important aspects of the local and national economy. To better capture the reality of how much households need to live and work in the modern economy in each Pennsylvania county, United For ALICE provides three basic budgets, each of which can be calculated for various household types:
State and County Budgets Tool, 2018
ALICE Budgets Differ by Household Type and Location
Basic living expenses continue to rise across the state. Between 2007 and 2018, Pennsylvania’s bare minimum household survival budget increased 39% for single adults and 46% for a family of four. The interactive map and figure below show how the ALICE budgets differ by household type and location, and how they compare to the Federal Poverty Level.
Monthly Budget Comparison, Pennsylvania, 2018
Cost of Living by Geography, Pennsylvania, 2018
|Annual Budget, 2 Adults, 2 Child Care|
|One Adult, One |
In Child Care
|Two Adults, Two|
In Child Care
Additional Household Sizes, Survival Budget, Pennsylvania, 2018
The ALICE Household Survival Budget can also be customized for different household sizes using the numbers below:
|Add 1 Adult||Add 1 Senior (65+)||Add 1 Infant||Add 1 Preschooler||Add 1 School-Age Child|
Two in Child Care