What is ALICE?
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed. It's a metric that represents the number of households in a specific geographic area that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but less than the basic cost of living for the county - also known as the ALICE Threshold.
Individuals and families that identify as ALICE are employed, occasionally working multiple jobs or in essential positions, but are unable to achieve or maintain financial stability due to the rising costs of living and stagnating wages.
What is the ALICE Threshold?
Derived from the Household Survival Budget, this is the average income that a household needs to afford housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and a smartphone plan, plus taxes. It is calculated for various household types for every U.S. state and county.
The ALICE reports for Escambia County and Santa Rosa County look very different in the 2023 ALICE Report. Escambia County saw a 6% increase in families living below the ALICE threshold. At the same time, Santa Rosa County saw a 16% decrease in families living below the ALICE threshold.
Click the links below to see the snapshots for each county.
You can browse the ALICE Report online at United For ALICE. Here you will find more details and be able to look at numbers for more concentrated areas, like by zip code.