United for ALICE


We all know ALICE. Some of us are ALICE. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. 

ALICE earns more than the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford all of the basics where they live.

The ALICE reports tell the story of our community members who are working hard but still struggling to survive. 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. 

Unite for ALICE

30% of Aiken County residents are under the ALICE threshold and are struggling with regular financial crises without the resources they need to succeed. With your help, we can help these families reach financial stability. 

Key Terms for understanding ALICE:

2023 ALICE Map IconHousehold 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.

ALICE in Aiken County: 2021 Point-in-Time-Data

Population: 170,776

Number of Households: 67,224

Median Household Income: $55,138

Labor Force Participation Rate: 57%

ALICE Households: 30%

Households in Poverty: 14%

To find out more about the different focus areas of ALICE click here.