Population: 313,598   |   Number of Localities: 6   |   Number of Households: 129,409


More than 40% of households in our region are struggling.

ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, are households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the state (the ALICE Threshold). Of Roanoke Valley’s 129,409 households, 19,781 earn below the Federal Poverty Level (15 percent) and another 37,328
(29 percent) are ALICE households.

How much does ALICE earn?

In Virginia, 56 percent of jobs pay less than $20 per hour, with more than half of those paying less than $15 per hour. Another 29 percent of jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour. Only 14 percent of jobs pay more than $40 per hour.



What does it cost to afford the basic necessities?

The Household Survival Budget gives the cost of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care at a bare-minimum “survival” level. It does not include any savings, leaving households without a cushion for unexpected expenses and unable to invest in the future. Yet even this minimal budget was much higher than the adjusted Federal Poverty Level of $11,880 for a single adult and $24,300 for a family of four in 2016.


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