U.S. Poverty Rate 1974-2021

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.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2016 was 1.70%, a 0% increase from 2013.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2013 was 1.70%, a 0% increase from 2010.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2010 was 1.70%, a 0.2% increase from 2007.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2007 was 1.50%, a 0.2% decline from 2004.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Panama 14.60%
Argentina 11.10%
Greece 5.60%
Lithuania 4.50%
Croatia 4.10%
Uruguay 3.70%
Latvia 3.60%
Slovak Republic 3.20%
Italy 3.20%
Spain 3.20%
Portugal 2.70%
Israel 2.70%
Hungary 2.60%
United States 1.70%
Poland 1.60%
Estonia 1.40%
Austria 1.20%
Ireland 0.70%
Czech Republic 0.60%
Norway 0.60%
Sweden 0.60%
United Kingdom 0.50%
Germany 0.50%
Denmark 0.40%
Luxembourg 0.30%
Netherlands 0.30%
Malta 0.30%
France 0.20%
Belgium 0.20%
Finland 0.20%
Slovenia 0.10%
Cyprus 0.10%
Switzerland 0.10%
U.S. Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2016 1.70% 0.00%
2013 1.70% 0.00%
2010 1.70% 0.20%
2007 1.50% -0.20%
2004 1.70% 0.50%
2000 1.20% 0.00%
1997 1.20% -0.30%
1994 1.50% 0.30%
1991 1.20% 0.00%
1986 1.20% 0.00%
1979 1.20% -0.50%
1974 1.70% -0.50%