Households with earnings below the ALICE threshold in Louisiana

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Why This Indicator Matters

The official poverty threshold is widely acknowledged to be an outdated measure of a family's needs. United Way has developed the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) measure as a way to calculate how many households in our community have earnings that are above the official poverty threshold, but below what it takes to meet basic needs in each of Louisiana's parishes. Where the federal poverty threshold is based on the cost of the national "thrifty" food diet multiplied by three, the ALICE threshold is developed using local data on the cost of household essentials, including food, health care, transportation, housing, and child care (when applicable).
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Definitions: Households in poverty
number - number of households with income below the official poverty threshold
percent - number of households with income below the official poverty threshold per 100 households

ALICE households
number - number of households with income above the official poverty threshold, but below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE)
percent - number of households with income above the official poverty threshold, but below the ALICE threshold per 100 households

All households with income below the ALICE threshold
number - total number of households with income below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), including households with income below the official poverty threshold
percent - total number of households with income below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), including households with income below the official poverty threshold per 100 households

Data Source: United Way, United for ALICE Research Center

Footnotes: Visit the United for ALICE Research Center for more information about how the ALICE measure was developed, and learn about ALICE survival budgets by family size, family members' ages and parish.

Updated December 7, 2020