Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate 1990-2021

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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2018 was 86.10%, a 0.1% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2017 was 86.20%, a 0.2% decline from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2016 was 86.40%, a 0% increase from 2015.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2015 was 86.40%, a 0.1% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 86.10%
East Asia & Pacific 24.70%
Latin America & Caribbean 22.50%
Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2018 86.10% -0.10%
2017 86.20% -0.20%
2016 86.40% 0.00%
2015 86.40% -0.10%
2014 86.50% -0.30%
2013 86.80% -0.10%
2012 86.90% -0.50%
2011 87.40% -0.70%
2010 88.10% -0.40%
2009 88.50% -0.10%
2008 88.60% -0.50%
2007 89.10% -0.50%
2006 89.60% -0.60%
2005 90.20% -0.40%
2004 90.60% -0.40%
2003 91.00% 0.20%
2002 90.80% -0.10%
2001 90.90% -0.10%
2000 91.00% 0.10%
1999 90.90% 0.10%
1998 90.80% 0.20%
1997 90.60% -0.10%
1996 90.70% -0.40%
1995 91.10% -0.20%
1994 91.30% 0.20%
1993 91.10% 0.70%
1992 90.40% 0.80%
1991 89.60% 0.50%
1990 89.10% 0.50%