Sri Lanka Poverty Rate 1985-2020

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 40.40%, a 10.6% decline from 2012.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2012 was 51.00%, a 4.7% decline from 2009.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2009 was 55.70%, a 2.6% decline from 2006.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2006 was 58.30%, a 9.7% decline from 2002.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Bangladesh 84.50%
Eswatini 71.40%
Kyrgyz Republic 67.20%
Indonesia 62.40%
Ghana 56.90%
Honduras 52.90%
Georgia 44.00%
Sri Lanka 40.40%
Mongolia 32.00%
El Salvador 30.70%
Vietnam 29.00%
Bolivia 25.00%
West Bank and Gaza 23.60%
Kosovo 20.70%
Moldova 16.40%
Ukraine 6.40%
Sri Lanka Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2016 40.40% -10.60%
2012 51.00% -4.70%
2009 55.70% -2.60%
2006 58.30% -9.70%
2002 68.00% -7.20%
1995 75.20% -5.40%
1990 80.60% -0.40%
1985 81.00% -0.40%