Sri Lanka Poverty Rate 1985-2021

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.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2016 was 42.00%, a 9.7% decline from 2012.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2012 was 51.70%, a 6.2% decline from 2009.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2009 was 57.90%, a 3.1% decline from 2006.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2006 was 61.00%, a 9.1% decline from 2002.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Bangladesh 84.20%
Eswatini 72.00%
Kyrgyz Republic 61.40%
Indonesia 59.70%
Ghana 55.10%
Honduras 49.70%
Georgia 43.30%
Sri Lanka 42.00%
El Salvador 31.40%
Mongolia 29.90%
Vietnam 27.20%
Bolivia 25.90%
Kosovo 23.60%
West Bank and Gaza 21.90%
Moldova 15.90%
Ukraine 5.60%
Sri Lanka Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2016 42.00% -9.70%
2012 51.70% -6.20%
2009 57.90% -3.10%
2006 61.00% -9.10%
2002 70.10% -6.00%
1995 76.10% -5.30%
1990 81.40% -0.50%
1985 81.90% -0.50%