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.
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.
Maryland • RESOURCE GAPS
ALICE households often live in areas with limited community resources, making it even more difficult to make ends meet. The lack of some resources has immediate and direct costs: For example, without public transportation or nearby universal pre-K, ALICE families pay more for transportation and child care. Other costs, such as the consequences of limited access to health care providers, open spaces, or libraries, accumulate over time.
The ALICE Mapping Tool maps where ALICE families live along with the location of community resources. Stakeholders can then identify gaps by town, zip code, or county and use this data to build healthier communities for ALICE and all households.
Mapping ALICE and Community Resources
Use the Percent below ALICE Threshold and Total Households Below ALICE Threshold buttons to change the information displayed in the maps. The Percent below ALICE Threshold view shows the percentage of households below the ALICE Threshold in each geography; the darker the blue, the higher the percentage of households below the ALICE Threshold in that county. The Total Households Below ALICE Threshold view shows the number of households below the ALICE Threshold in each geography; the darker the blue, the higher the number of households below the ALICE Threshold in that county.
Hover over the maps for additional details.