Every day in our community, hardworking families struggle to afford basic household necessities. They face impossible decisions — like whether to pay rent or buy groceries — and one unexpected bill can leave them financially devastated.

ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. We use this term to identify those who earn incomes above the federal poverty level but still can’t afford basic needs like housing, food, transportation, child care and health care. In the Greater Stark County area, 24% of our population falls into this demographic.

The United Way ALICE Project is a nationwide effort to quantify and describe these households. In collaboration with 16 states, the ALICE Project reports data on household budgets, demographics, employment opportunities, housing affordability, public and private assistance, and other critical economic factors.

At United Way of Greater Stark County, we use ALICE research to shine a light on the financial instability that exists in our community — a far broader problem than traditional poverty measurements currently show. This research can inform our discussions as we work to find solutions.



24% ALICE (36,510 households)

12.6% POVERTY (19,168 households)

(2017 data; 152,129 households total)

ALICE Statistics

ALICE by the numbers

Number of Stark County residents that qualify as ALICE
Number of Carroll County residents that qualify as ALICE
ALICE households in Greater Stark County

    Community Consequences


    Community Consequences

    We all have a stake in improving conditions for ALICE. When ALICE skips preventative health care visits, forgoes car insurance or receives substandard child care, we all feel the impact. Whether it’s through higher insurance premiums or increased taxes, these circumstances influence the health, safety and future of our community.

    Our Impact

    Change is possible. At United Way of Greater Stark County, we’re working to improve the lives of ALICEs in our community. United Way services like our 2-1-1 Helpline, Emergency Assistance Collaborative and Financial Prosperity Center help households that are facing financial hardships. We also fund community partners who are addressing these community problems head-on. See our list of funded partners. With your help, we can create positive change for this growing population in our region.

    Research Reports and Resources