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Research Center • District of Columbia

We all know people who are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — earning more than the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford the basics where they live. ALICE workers were celebrated as essential heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they do not earn enough to support their own families.

ALICE households and households in poverty are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent — choices that have long-term consequences not only for their families, but for all.

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Demographics 2021

ALICE households include people of all genders, ages, and races/ethnicities, across all family types. However, some groups are more likely to be ALICE than others. The figures on this page show the number and percentage of households in each group with:

  • Income below the Federal Poverty Level (Poverty)
  • Income above the Federal Poverty Level but below what is needed to afford the cost of basic expenses (ALICE)
  • Income above the cost of basics (Above ALICE Threshold)

Number of Households, District of Columbia, 2021

Percentage of Households, District of Columbia, 2021

Families With Children, District of Columbia, 2021

Families With Children Over Time, Below ALICE Threshold, 2010­-2021

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Dig deeper into the data on children, people with disabilities, and veterans via our ALICE in Focus Research Series.

Households by Age of Householder, District of Columbia, 2021

Households by Age of Householder, Below ALICE Threshold, 2010­-2021

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See this demographic data mapped along with key community resources on our Maps page

Households by Race/Ethnicity, District of Columbia, 2021

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United For ALICE fights for racial and economic equity — see our Commitment to Equity in Research.

Change over time in race/ethnicity between 2019 and 2021 is not included here due to changes the U.S. Census Bureau made to its questions on Hispanic origin and race, as well as coding adjustments, in 2020. These changes help the Census and ACS provide a more complete picture of the U.S. population, especially for people who self-identify as multiracial or multiethnic. But as a result, the Census urges caution when comparing race data between years before and after 2020. The biggest impact was on the Multiracial population (previously Two or More Races): The number of Multiracial households increased by 277% nationally from 2019 to 2021. This increase may have muted the increases in other racial/ethnic groups over the same period.