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Research Center

ALICE In Focus Series

Children in Financial Hardship

The number of children growing up in financial hardship in the U.S. is drastically higher than is widely reported. According to the outdated Federal Poverty Level, 16% of children in the U.S. lived in poverty in 2019. Yet United For ALICE data shows that another 33% — twice as many — were also growing up in hardship, in households that earned above the poverty level but less than what is costs to afford the basics. These households are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The reality is that between families in poverty and those who are ALICE, almost half (49%) of children in the U.S. in 2019 lived in households with income below the ALICE Threshold, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.

The tabs below offer a more detailed view of children growing up in financial hardship.

Committees for ALICE in Focus: Children

Members of the following committees advised in the creation and presentation of materials for ALICE in Focus: Children. Committee members represent a range of organizations including academic institutions, advocacy groups, research organizations, and government agencies, and were invited to participate based on their expertise in issues related to children and financial hardship.

ALICE in Focus National Leadership Committee for Children


ALICE in Focus National Research Advisory Committee for Children