South Asia Poverty Rate 1981-2021

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.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2014 was 83.40%, a 1.3% decline from 2013.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2013 was 84.70%, a 1.1% decline from 2012.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2012 was 85.80%, a 1.2% 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 86.40%
South Asia 83.40%
World 47.40%
East Asia & Pacific 38.00%
Latin America & Caribbean 26.60%
South Asia Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2014 83.40% -1.30%
2013 84.70% -1.10%
2012 85.80% -1.20%
2011 87.00% -1.90%
2010 88.90% -1.00%
2009 89.90% -0.30%
2008 90.20% -0.30%
2007 90.50% -0.60%
2006 91.10% -0.20%
2005 91.30% -0.80%
2004 92.10% -0.60%
2003 92.70% -0.40%
2002 93.10% -1.00%
1996 94.10% -0.50%
1995 94.60% -0.40%
1994 95.00% -0.30%
1993 95.30% -0.10%
1992 95.40% -0.20%
1991 95.60% 0.10%
1990 95.50% 0.00%
1989 95.50% 0.00%
1988 95.50% -0.20%
1987 95.70% -0.10%
1986 95.80% -0.10%
1985 95.90% -0.40%
1984 96.30% -0.20%
1983 96.50% -0.20%
1982 96.70% 0.10%
1981 96.60% 0.10%