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 41.70%, a 10.4% decline from 2012.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2012 was 52.10%, a 4.9% decline from 2009.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2009 was 57.00%, a 2.3% decline from 2006.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2006 was 59.30%, a 9.6% decline from 2002.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Bangladesh 84.30%
Eswatini 72.00%
Kyrgyz Republic 61.40%
Indonesia 59.70%
Ghana 56.30%
Honduras 53.60%
Georgia 43.30%
Sri Lanka 41.70%
El Salvador 31.40%
Mongolia 30.60%
Vietnam 28.20%
Bolivia 24.90%
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 41.70% -10.40%
2012 52.10% -4.90%
2009 57.00% -2.30%
2006 59.30% -9.60%
2002 68.90% -7.20%
1995 76.10% -5.30%
1990 81.40% -0.50%
1985 81.90% -0.50%