|Hot Spring County||51%|
|Little River County||42%|
|St. Francis County||64%|
|Van Buren County||55%|
What does this measure?
The percent of households below the ALICE threshold. ALICE is an acronym for "Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed."
ALICE is designed as an improvement on the federal poverty level, which is not based on the current cost of basic household necessities and does not adjust for cost-of-living differences across the U.S. (excepting Alaska and Hawai'i).
ALICE provides a measure of households that do not earn enough to fully provide for basic household needs such as housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and necessary technology to participate in the modern economy, such as internet access - even though many have income higher than the federal poverty level.
Why is this important?
ALICE provides a better indication than the federal poverty level of how many households and families are struggling or thriving in the current economy, painting a more accurate picture of local and regional conditions. This can aid communities and policy makers in assessing the level of support and assistance programs appropriate for households in their area.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2021, 47% of households in Arkansas were below the ALICE threshold, making Arkansas 45th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
In 2021 (the most recent year from which county-level data is available), ALICE rates by county ranged from about a third of the population in Benton (34%), to more than half of the population in 43 out of Arkansas' 75 counties, with the highest rates in Lee (66%) and St. Francis (64%) counties.
Notes about the data
The Arkansas ALICE report was sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Entergy Arkansas and we'd like to thank United for ALICE.
Information on the ALICE definition and methodology is available on the United for ALICE website: https://www.unitedforalice.org/methodology.
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