Latin America & Caribbean 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.
  • Latin America & Caribbean poverty rate for 2018 was 22.60%, a 0.5% decline from 2017.
  • Latin America & Caribbean poverty rate for 2017 was 23.10%, a 2.5% decline from 2016.
  • Latin America & Caribbean poverty rate for 2016 was 25.60%, a 0.4% decline from 2015.
  • Latin America & Caribbean poverty rate for 2015 was 26.00%, a 0.6% 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%
Latin America & Caribbean Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2018 22.60% -0.50%
2017 23.10% -2.50%
2016 25.60% -0.40%
2015 26.00% -0.60%
2014 26.60% -0.50%
2013 27.10% -0.70%
2012 27.80% -1.70%
2011 29.50% -1.60%
2010 31.10% -1.80%
2009 32.90% -0.30%
2008 33.20% -1.40%
2007 34.60% -1.60%
2006 36.20% -4.80%
2005 41.00% -1.90%
2004 42.90% -1.90%
2003 44.80% -0.60%
2002 45.40% 0.10%
2001 45.30% -0.10%
2000 45.40% -1.90%
1999 47.30% 0.60%
1998 46.70% -0.50%
1997 47.20% -1.10%
1996 48.30% 1.10%
1995 47.20% -0.70%
1994 47.90% -1.60%
1993 49.50% -0.10%
1992 49.60% 0.20%
1991 49.40% -0.50%
1990 49.90% 3.30%
1989 46.60% -1.90%
1988 48.50% 1.00%
1987 47.50% 4.00%
1986 43.50% -6.60%
1985 50.10% -1.60%
1984 51.70% -0.10%
1983 51.80% 3.70%
1982 48.10% 0.90%
1981 47.20% 0.90%