Key Terms

Household Survival Budget: The bare-minimum costs of basic necessities (housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and a smartphone plan).

ALICE Threshold: The average income needed to afford the Household Survival Budget. Households below the ALICE Threshold include both ALICE and poverty-level households.

ALICE: Households with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living.

Poverty: Households earning below the Federal Poverty Level

Total Households: The number of households as reported by the American Community Survey.

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We all know people who are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — earning more than the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford the basics where they live.

ALICE households and households in poverty are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent — choices that have long-term consequences not only for their families, but for all.

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ALICE Maps 2022

ALICE lives in rural, urban, and suburban areas. The maps on this page show the percentage of households with:

  • Income below the Federal Poverty Level (Poverty)
  • Income above the Federal Poverty Level but below what is needed to afford the cost
    of basic expenses (ALICE)
  • Income above the cost of basics (Above ALICE Threshold)

This data is available by County, ZIP Code, Census Designated Place, and County Subdivision and by specific demographics (race/ethnicity, age, and household type) at the county level.

Use the map below to explore the ALICE data by geography, along with the locations of key community resources. Click the Filter icon in the upper right corner to change the map view and to add or remove community resources.

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Use the ALICE Legislative District Tool to see ALICE data by state legislative or congressional districts