Who Is ALICE?

ALICE represents the 27% of Pennsylvanians who work, but struggle to survive. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

ALICE earns above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but makes less than what’s needed to afford basic essentials. ALICE often earns too much to qualify for government assistance, and there is no room in ALICE’s budget for emergency expenses. If you combine PA households earning below the ALICE Threshold with those living below the FPL, that’s 39% of PA households who face financial hardship every day, in every county in PA. (2018 data)

The Response of PA United Ways

United Ways throughout Pennsylvania are committed to lifting up ALICE through community programs and advocacy.

  • PA 211: Through this program, we connect families to local programs that can help them with their individual needs. We also document unmet needs so communities can plan strategies for the future.
  • Advocacy: United Ways speak up for policies that ensure all PA families are able to work toward financial stability.
  • Partnerships: Our local-level partnerships and programs are able to address the unique needs of each individual community, understanding the solutions that will work there.
  • ALICE Report: In early 2021, United Way of Pennsylvania presented a data refresh to the ALICE Report for Pennsylvania, allowing us to understand more recent circumstances in our state.

Equipped with these tools, the PA network of United Ways convenes, advocates and innovates in our local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and we generate solutions to help ALICE on their path to financial stability.

Want to explore PA’s ALICE data further? Check out the United For ALICE® website to see county-specific visual data on demographics, the labor force, resource gaps, and more.


The Statistics by County and Township/Borough

Click on an area of the map to see where ALICE lives, and what it costs to provide household essentials for families in a community.

Below ALICE Threshold
27%
51%
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
39,570
Poverty:
2,898 (7%)
ALICE:
11,235 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
25,437 (64%)
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
543,369
Poverty:
65,399 (12%)
ALICE:
143,748 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
334,222 (62%)
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
27,332
Poverty:
2,891 (11%)
ALICE:
7,108 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
17,333 (63%)
Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
73,059
Poverty:
8,113 (11%)
ALICE:
20,266 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
44,680 (61%)
Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
19,674
Poverty:
2,485 (13%)
ALICE:
6,320 (32%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,869 (55%)
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
157,006
Poverty:
16,420 (10%)
ALICE:
39,856 (25%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
100,730 (64%)
Blair County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
51,096
Poverty:
7,365 (14%)
ALICE:
12,929 (25%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
30,802 (60%)
Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
24,812
Poverty:
2,901 (12%)
ALICE:
6,260 (25%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
15,651 (63%)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
239,962
Poverty:
13,464 (6%)
ALICE:
58,347 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
168,151 (70%)
Butler County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
77,764
Poverty:
6,814 (9%)
ALICE:
18,546 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
52,404 (67%)
Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
56,483
Poverty:
8,252 (15%)
ALICE:
15,868 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
32,363 (57%)
Cameron County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
2,232
Poverty:
314 (14%)
ALICE:
665 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
1,253 (56%)
Carbon County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
25,739
Poverty:
2,886 (11%)
ALICE:
7,928 (31%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
14,925 (58%)
Centre County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
58,514
Poverty:
9,792 (17%)
ALICE:
16,425 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
32,297 (55%)
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
192,746
Poverty:
13,005 (7%)
ALICE:
37,920 (20%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
141,821 (74%)
Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
15,824
Poverty:
2,535 (16%)
ALICE:
4,480 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,809 (56%)
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
31,992
Poverty:
4,908 (15%)
ALICE:
9,447 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
17,637 (55%)
Clinton County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
14,744
Poverty:
2,496 (17%)
ALICE:
4,006 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,242 (56%)
Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
26,655
Poverty:
3,148 (12%)
ALICE:
8,431 (32%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
15,076 (57%)
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
34,386
Poverty:
4,231 (12%)
ALICE:
9,152 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
21,003 (61%)
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
102,243
Poverty:
6,933 (7%)
ALICE:
26,756 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
68,554 (67%)
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
112,559
Poverty:
13,861 (12%)
ALICE:
32,715 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
65,983 (59%)
Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
207,499
Poverty:
18,656 (9%)
ALICE:
50,724 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
138,119 (67%)
Elk County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
13,727
Poverty:
1,360 (10%)
ALICE:
3,828 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,539 (62%)
Erie County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
109,797
Poverty:
17,172 (16%)
ALICE:
32,705 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
59,920 (55%)
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
56,085
Poverty:
8,687 (15%)
ALICE:
14,156 (25%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
33,242 (59%)
Forest County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
1,631
Poverty:
190 (12%)
ALICE:
549 (34%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
892 (55%)
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
59,834
Poverty:
6,651 (11%)
ALICE:
13,375 (22%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
39,808 (67%)
Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
5,950
Poverty:
763 (13%)
ALICE:
1,706 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
3,481 (59%)
Greene County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
14,211
Poverty:
1,873 (13%)
ALICE:
4,035 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,303 (58%)
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
16,808
Poverty:
2,226 (13%)
ALICE:
5,837 (35%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,745 (52%)
Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
33,098
Poverty:
4,959 (15%)
ALICE:
9,930 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
18,209 (55%)
Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
18,465
Poverty:
2,545 (14%)
ALICE:
5,285 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,635 (58%)
Juniata County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
9,404
Poverty:
1,105 (12%)
ALICE:
2,718 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
5,581 (59%)
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
88,268
Poverty:
11,878 (13%)
ALICE:
23,262 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
53,128 (60%)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
202,490
Poverty:
16,466 (8%)
ALICE:
52,569 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
133,455 (66%)
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
37,497
Poverty:
5,957 (16%)
ALICE:
10,335 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
21,205 (57%)
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
54,522
Poverty:
5,278 (10%)
ALICE:
14,650 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
34,594 (63%)
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
138,586
Poverty:
16,077 (12%)
ALICE:
49,032 (35%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
73,477 (53%)
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
128,301
Poverty:
17,307 (13%)
ALICE:
35,312 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
75,682 (59%)
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
44,585
Poverty:
6,414 (14%)
ALICE:
10,788 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
27,383 (61%)
McKean County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
17,169
Poverty:
2,498 (15%)
ALICE:
4,463 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,208 (59%)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
46,809
Poverty:
6,995 (15%)
ALICE:
12,477 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
27,337 (58%)
Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
19,094
Poverty:
2,484 (13%)
ALICE:
5,730 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,880 (57%)
Monroe County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
55,109
Poverty:
7,192 (13%)
ALICE:
16,466 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
31,451 (57%)
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
313,336
Poverty:
19,670 (6%)
ALICE:
75,633 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
218,033 (70%)
Montour County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
7,482
Poverty:
887 (12%)
ALICE:
2,014 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
4,581 (61%)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
114,996
Poverty:
9,811 (9%)
ALICE:
36,221 (31%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
68,964 (60%)
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
38,816
Poverty:
5,800 (15%)
ALICE:
11,278 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
21,738 (56%)
Perry County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
18,091
Poverty:
1,527 (8%)
ALICE:
5,378 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
11,186 (62%)
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
608,233
Poverty:
140,212 (23%)
ALICE:
168,361 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
299,660 (49%)
Pike County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
21,871
Poverty:
2,217 (10%)
ALICE:
5,885 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
13,769 (63%)
Potter County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
6,523
Poverty:
910 (14%)
ALICE:
2,386 (37%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
3,227 (49%)
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
58,458
Poverty:
7,873 (13%)
ALICE:
17,045 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
33,540 (57%)
Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
14,716
Poverty:
1,452 (10%)
ALICE:
4,517 (31%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
8,747 (59%)
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
28,796
Poverty:
3,170 (11%)
ALICE:
8,975 (31%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
16,651 (58%)
Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
2,721
Poverty:
307 (11%)
ALICE:
824 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
1,590 (58%)
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
17,347
Poverty:
2,138 (12%)
ALICE:
5,096 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,113 (58%)
Tioga County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
16,178
Poverty:
2,220 (14%)
ALICE:
4,789 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
9,169 (57%)
Union County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
14,739
Poverty:
1,624 (11%)
ALICE:
5,288 (36%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
7,827 (53%)
Venango County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
21,915
Poverty:
2,913 (13%)
ALICE:
6,165 (28%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
12,837 (59%)
Warren County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
17,080
Poverty:
2,016 (12%)
ALICE:
4,646 (27%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,418 (61%)
Washington County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
85,835
Poverty:
8,513 (10%)
ALICE:
22,562 (26%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
54,760 (64%)
Wayne County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
18,739
Poverty:
2,081 (11%)
ALICE:
5,700 (30%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
10,958 (58%)
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
150,368
Poverty:
14,544 (10%)
ALICE:
44,230 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
91,594 (61%)
Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
10,784
Poverty:
1,110 (10%)
ALICE:
3,162 (29%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
6,512 (60%)
York County, Pennsylvania
Total Households:
173,958
Poverty:
14,204 (8%)
ALICE:
41,488 (24%)
Above ALICE Threshold:
118,266 (68%)

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