ALICE - Who is Struggling in Maryland?

ALICE for MarylandALICE Report

ALICE® is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The earnings of Maryland ALICE individuals and families are not enough to support a “survival budget” that is more than twice the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The ALICE Report, released by United Ways throughout the state of Maryland, reveals that more than a third of households in Maryland can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities. On the Lower Shore we have over 46% of households struggling. The report provides a framework, language and tools to measure and address the struggles of the growing number of ALICE households in Maryland.

Access and download the full report for Maryland, and additional details for Lower Shore Counties, with the links below. 

Newly expanded for 2020: MD county tools and data resources, along with data for all participating states, available here:

Additional Tools


This latest addition to the United For ALICE website helps policymakers and community stakeholders explore financial hardship by legislative district. The ALICE Legislative District Tool maps the percentage of households below the ALICE Threshold (Poverty + ALICE) in each legislative district, including U.S. congressional districts and upper and lower state legislative chambers. For each district, users can view ALICE data by race/ethnicity, and they can see a comparison between the percentage of households participating in SNAP and those who are below the ALICE Threshold. There is also a handy “Find your district” lookup.

Covid2019-Update: Vaccination Tracker

The United For ALICE COVID-19 webpage has been updated to include a new Vaccination Tracker. This tool maps the percentage of households below the ALICE Threshold (Poverty + ALICE), along with the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Policymakers and community stakeholders can track vaccination rates at the state and county levels, and pinpoint gaps in vaccination rates by location and household financial status.

Thank You To Our Partners

The Maryland ALICE Report is possible thanks to the partnerships of the Maryland State Association of United Ways, United for ALICE ( and these generous sponsors: