East Asia & Pacific Poverty Rate 1981-2021

Poverty headcount ratio at $5.50 a day is the percentage of the population living on less than $5.50 a day at 2011 international prices. As a result of revisions in PPP exchange rates, poverty rates for individual countries cannot be compared with poverty rates reported in earlier editions.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2018 was 25.00%, a 3.2% decline from 2017.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2017 was 28.20%, a 3% decline from 2016.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2016 was 31.20%, a 3.1% decline from 2015.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2015 was 34.30%, a 3.7% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 86.00%
East Asia & Pacific 25.00%
Latin America & Caribbean 22.60%
East Asia & Pacific Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2018 25.00% -3.20%
2017 28.20% -3.00%
2016 31.20% -3.10%
2015 34.30% -3.70%
2014 38.00% -3.90%
2013 41.90% -5.90%
2012 47.80% -4.10%
2011 51.90% -3.70%
2010 55.60% -4.70%
2009 60.30% -3.10%
2008 63.40% -2.30%
2007 65.70% -3.40%
2006 69.10% -2.20%
2005 71.30% -3.60%
2004 74.90% -2.30%
2003 77.20% -2.50%
2002 79.70% -3.00%
2001 82.70% -2.00%
2000 84.70% -2.10%
1999 86.80% -1.40%
1998 88.20% -0.30%
1997 88.50% -0.70%
1996 89.20% -1.50%
1995 90.70% -1.30%
1994 92.00% -1.10%
1993 93.10% -0.80%
1992 93.90% -0.80%
1991 94.70% -0.40%
1990 95.10% -0.40%
1989 95.50% -0.10%
1988 95.60% -0.50%
1987 96.10% -0.40%
1986 96.50% -0.20%
1985 96.70% -0.10%
1984 96.80% -0.10%
1983 96.90% -0.10%
1982 97.00% -0.10%
1981 97.10% -0.10%