East Asia & Pacific Poverty Rate 1981-2023

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 2019 was 23.70%, a 2.7% decline from 2018.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2018 was 26.40%, a 2.9% decline from 2017.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2017 was 29.30%, a 1.9% decline from 2016.
  • East Asia & Pacific poverty rate for 2016 was 31.20%, a 3.1% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 85.00%
East Asia & Pacific 23.70%
Latin America & Caribbean 23.60%
East Asia & Pacific Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2019 23.70% -2.70%
2018 26.40% -2.90%
2017 29.30% -1.90%
2016 31.20% -3.10%
2015 34.30% -3.60%
2014 37.90% -4.00%
2013 41.90% -6.20%
2012 48.10% -3.70%
2011 51.80% -3.80%
2010 55.60% -4.90%
2009 60.50% -2.90%
2008 63.40% -2.20%
2007 65.60% -3.70%
2006 69.30% -2.10%
2005 71.40% -3.70%
2004 75.10% -2.50%
2003 77.60% -2.10%
2002 79.70% -3.10%
2001 82.80% -1.90%
2000 84.70% -2.10%
1999 86.80% -1.30%
1998 88.10% -0.40%
1997 88.50% -0.60%
1996 89.10% -1.50%
1995 90.60% -1.40%
1994 92.00% -1.10%
1993 93.10% -0.80%
1992 93.90% -0.70%
1991 94.60% -0.30%
1990 94.90% -0.40%
1989 95.30% -0.30%
1988 95.60% -0.50%
1987 96.10% -0.30%
1986 96.40% -0.30%
1985 96.70% -0.10%
1984 96.80% -0.20%
1983 97.00% 0.00%
1982 97.00% -0.10%
1981 97.10% -0.10%