ALICE Report for New York State

United For ALICE is a driver of innovation, research, and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. The ALICE research quantifies and describes the number of households that are struggling financially. The ALICE population in New York State is defined as those who have income levels greater than the federal poverty definition ($26,000 for a family of four) and the household survival budget ($75,800 for a family of four). ALICE raises awareness about a huge but hidden segment of our community that is struggling to afford basic necessities. The success of a community is directly related to the financial stability of its members.

Financial Hardship Has Changed Over Time in Warren County
In 2019, 11,583 households in Warren County were below the ALICE Threshold; by 2021 that number had changed to 10,344.

Financial Hardship Has Changed Over Time in Washington County
 In 2019, 9,821 households in Washington County were below the ALICE Threshold; by 2021 that number had changed to 10,583.

Financial Hardship Has Changed Over Time in Saratoga County
In 2019, 32,595 households in Saratoga County were below the ALICE Threshold; by 2021 that number had changed to 31,864.

To view a break down of Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties ALICE populations, click here: New York | UnitedForALICE.

The ALICE report contains a wealth of information which is easily accessed and shared. ALICE data is available is many subsets including: data by county, legislative (federal and state) districts, household composition, ethnicity, gender, and age. Key takeaways are:

  • 3.4 million households in New York, 44% of all households, had income below that needed for financial survival.
  • From 2019 to 2021 the percentage of ALICE households in New York grew from 43% to 44%.
  • By ethnicity, households of color are disproportionately burdened – 60% of Hispanic and Black households are ALICE.
  • The highest rates of hardship are among single-parent families with children, and households headed by those under age twenty-five and over age sixty-five.
  • Since 2021 New Yorkers have experienced high levels of food insecurity, difficulty in bill payment and elevated feelings of anxiety and depression.

About United For ALICE

United For ALICE is a driver of innovation, shining a light on the challenges ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households face and finding collaborative solutions. Through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county, this project provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across the U.S. Equipped with this data, ALICE partners convene, advocate, and innovate in their local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households and to generate solutions that promote financial stability. The grassroots movement represents United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org.