World 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.
  • World poverty rate for 2015 was 46.20%, a 2.5% decline from 2013.
  • World poverty rate for 2013 was 48.70%, a 2% decline from 2012.
  • World poverty rate for 2012 was 50.70%, a 1.5% decline from 2011.
  • World poverty rate for 2011 was 52.20%, a 1.7% 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 86.00%
World 46.20%
East Asia & Pacific 34.90%
Latin America & Caribbean 26.20%
World Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2015 46.20% -2.50%
2013 48.70% -2.00%
2012 50.70% -1.50%
2011 52.20% -1.70%
2010 53.90% -2.70%
2008 56.60% -3.80%
2005 60.40% -3.70%
2002 64.10% -2.80%
1999 66.90% -0.40%
1996 67.30% -0.90%
1993 68.20% 1.10%
1990 67.10% 0.30%
1987 66.80% -0.20%
1984 67.00% 0.60%
1981 66.40% 0.60%