United Way ALICE Report for Iowa

 The United Way ALICE Project is a grassroots movement committed to strengthening communities by improving the lives of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) - our families, neighbors, and colleagues who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.


Key Findings from the United Way ALICE Report for Iowa


  • 381,266 Iowa households - 31% - struggle to afford basic household expenses


  • Federal Poverty Level indicates only 12% of Iowa households faced financial hardship - an ADDITIONAL 19% of households fall below the ALICE Threshold (meeting a household survival budget)


  • ALICE households comprise between 21% and 41% of the population in every Iowa county


  • More than one quarter - 28% - of senior households fall below the ALICE Threshold


  • Over 92,000 households with children fall below the ALICE Threshold


  • The average annual household Survival Budget for a four-person family in Iowa is $46,680, while the Federal Poverty Level for the same family is $23,850


  • Childcare represents a family's greatest expense - $928/month for one infant and one preschooler in licensed and accredited childcare; $745 for the same children in registered in-home care


  • 68% of Iowa jobs pay less than $20/hour; 48% of those pay between $10 - $15 per hour


  • In 2011, 22% of Iowa's households had less than $4,632 in savings or other assets


  • Total public and private spending on Iowa households below the ALICE Threshold is $7.2 billion


  • 44% of renters spend more than 30% of their household income on rent 



Download the United Way ALICE Report for Iowa.