South Asia Poverty Rate 1981-2020

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.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2013 was 84.20%, a 1.1% decline from 2012.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2012 was 85.30%, a 1.2% decline from 2011.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2011 was 86.50%, a 2.1% decline from 2010.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2010 was 88.60%, a 1.2% decline from 2008.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 86.30%
South Asia 84.20%
World 48.70%
East Asia & Pacific 42.40%
Latin America & Caribbean 27.00%
South Asia Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2013 84.20% -1.10%
2012 85.30% -1.20%
2011 86.50% -2.10%
2010 88.60% -1.20%
2008 89.80% -1.20%
2005 91.00% -1.80%
2002 92.80% -1.10%
1996 93.90% -1.10%
1993 95.00% -0.30%
1990 95.30% -0.30%
1987 95.60% -0.50%
1984 96.10% -0.40%
1981 96.50% -0.40%