United Way Releases Latest Louisiana Poverty Report

The United Way has released the latest report on poverty in Louisiana which identifies impoverished and at-risk households.

The report is called ALICE which stands for (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Louisianians counted in the report are believed to be unable to afford basic household necessities.

The report revealed that 19% of Louisiana households are living in poverty while another 29% are at risk and below the ALICE threshold.

Basic needs for the average Louisianan is believed to be $19,548 or $53,988 for a small family.

Between 2010 and 2016, Louisiana households increased 3% but the number of ALICE households increased by a stunning 21%.

66% of the state population makes less than $20 per hour with 29% making $20-40 per hour and just 4% making $40-60 per hour.



Some of the parish numbers are alarming while others fare better:

East Carroll Parish – 75% living in poverty
Madison – 66% living in poverty
Tensas- 66% living in poverty
Claiborne – 61% living in poverty
Caldwell – 60% living in poverty
Orleans Parish – 53% living in poverty
Caddo Parish – 53% living in poverty
East Baton Rouge – 47% living in poverty
Jefferson Parish – 46% living in poverty
Bossier Parish – 46% living in poverty
Lafayette Parish- 44% living in poverty
West Baston Rouge Parish – 41% living in poverty
Ascension – 34% living in poverty
Cameron Parish – 27% living in poverty

The full list of poverty percentages by Parish can be seen below:

Acadia – 47%
Allen – 57%
Ascension – 34%
Assumption – 43%
Avoyelles – 53%
Beauregard – 43%
Bienville – 48%
Bossier – 46%
Caddo – 53%
Calcasieu – 46%
Caldwell – 60%
Cameron – 27%
Catahoula – 54%
Claiborne – 61%
Concordia – 58%
De Soto – 46%
East Baton Rouge – 47%
East Carroll – 75%
East Feliciana – 48%
Evangeline – 55%
Franklin – 54%
Grant – 52%
Iberia – 50%
Iberville – 47%
Jackson – 48%
Jefferson – 46%
Jefferson Davis – 50%
Lafayette – 44%
Lafourche – 45%
LaSalle – 52%
Lincoln – 56%
Livingston – 40%
Madison – 66%
Morehouse – 59%
Natchitoches – 59%
Orleans – 53%
Ouachita – 58%
Plaquemines – 48%
Pointe Coupee – 46%
Rapides – 47%
Red River – 49%
Richland – 51%
Sabine – 50%
St. Bernard – 52%
St. Charles – 37%
St. Helena – 57%
St. James – 36%
St. John the Baptist – 45%
St. Landry – 57%
St. Martin – 49%
St. Mary – 50%
St. Tammany – 36%
Tangipahoa – 48%
Tensas – 66%
Terrebonne – 48%
Union – 55%
Vermilion – 44%
Vernon – 51%
Washington – 58%
Webster – 56%
West Baton Rouge – 41%
West Carroll – 49%
West Feliciana – 49%
Winn – 57%

The full report can be seen here.

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