South Asia Poverty Rate 1981-2022

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 2014 was 83.60%, a 1.2% decline from 2013.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2013 was 84.80%, a 1.1% decline from 2012.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2012 was 85.90%, a 1.1% decline from 2011.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2011 was 87.00%, a 1.9% decline from 2010.
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 83.60%
World 47.30%
East Asia & Pacific 37.90%
Latin America & Caribbean 25.50%
South Asia Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2014 83.60% -1.20%
2013 84.80% -1.10%
2012 85.90% -1.10%
2011 87.00% -1.90%
2010 88.90% -1.10%
2009 90.00% -0.30%
2008 90.30% -0.30%
2007 90.60% -0.50%
2006 91.10% -0.40%
2005 91.50% -0.50%
2004 92.00% -0.70%
2003 92.70% -0.50%
2002 93.20% -1.00%
1996 94.20% -0.30%
1995 94.50% -0.50%
1994 95.00% -0.20%
1993 95.20% -0.20%
1992 95.40% -0.20%
1991 95.60% 0.00%
1990 95.60% 0.00%
1989 95.60% 0.00%
1988 95.60% -0.20%
1987 95.80% -0.10%
1986 95.90% -0.20%
1985 96.10% -0.20%
1984 96.30% -0.30%
1983 96.60% -0.20%
1982 96.80% 0.00%
1981 96.80% 0.00%