8-6-20 new report shows fdl county has higher poverty rate than statewide average

A new report shows Fond du Lac County has a higher poverty rate than the statewide average.   The 2020 ALICE report shows 38 percent of Fond du Lac County residents live in poverty, compared to 34 percent statewide.  ALICE stands for  Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed.   Fond du Lac Area United Way director Amber Kilawee says that’s based on 2018 data.  The city of Fond du Lac’s poverty rate is 42 percent.   Ripon has the highest percentage of people in poverty at 44 percent, according to the report.  The report found a significant portion of full and part-time workers were paid by the hour, and more likely to have fluctuations in income and less likely to receive benefits.

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