Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate 1990-2022

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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2019 was 85.00%, a 0.3% decline from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2018 was 85.30%, a 0.4% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2017 was 85.70%, a 0.4% decline from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2016 was 86.10%, a 0.2% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 85.00%
East Asia & Pacific 23.70%
Latin America & Caribbean 23.60%
Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2019 85.00% -0.30%
2018 85.30% -0.40%
2017 85.70% -0.40%
2016 86.10% -0.20%
2015 86.30% 0.00%
2014 86.30% -0.60%
2013 86.90% -0.40%
2012 87.30% -0.10%
2011 87.40% -0.40%
2010 87.80% -0.60%
2009 88.40% 0.00%
2008 88.40% -0.50%
2007 88.90% -0.40%
2006 89.30% -0.60%
2005 89.90% -0.40%
2004 90.30% -0.40%
2003 90.70% 0.10%
2002 90.60% 0.00%
2001 90.60% -0.10%
2000 90.70% 0.10%
1999 90.60% 0.20%
1998 90.40% 0.20%
1997 90.20% 0.00%
1996 90.20% -0.50%
1995 90.70% -0.30%
1994 91.00% 0.10%
1993 90.90% 0.70%
1992 90.20% 0.70%
1991 89.50% 0.40%
1990 89.10% 0.40%