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 2017 was 43.50%, a 1.3% decline from 2016.
  • World poverty rate for 2016 was 44.80%, a 1.2% decline from 2015.
  • World poverty rate for 2015 was 46.00%, a 1.3% decline from 2014.
  • World poverty rate for 2014 was 47.30%, a 1.3% decline from 2013.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 86.20%
World 43.50%
East Asia & Pacific 27.60%
Latin America & Caribbean 23.00%
World Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2017 43.50% -1.30%
2016 44.80% -1.20%
2015 46.00% -1.30%
2014 47.30% -1.30%
2013 48.60% -2.10%
2012 50.70% -1.40%
2011 52.10% -1.70%
2010 53.80% -1.80%
2009 55.60% -0.90%
2008 56.50% -1.10%
2007 57.60% -1.60%
2006 59.20% -1.20%
2005 60.40% -1.70%
2004 62.10% -1.40%
2003 63.50% -0.60%
2002 64.10% -1.10%
2001 65.20% -0.70%
2000 65.90% -1.10%
1999 67.00% 0.20%
1998 66.80% -0.10%
1997 66.90% -0.50%
1996 67.40% -0.10%
1995 67.50% -0.80%
1994 68.30% 0.10%
1993 68.20% 0.40%
1992 67.80% 0.30%
1991 67.50% 0.40%
1990 67.10% 0.20%
1989 66.90% 0.00%
1988 66.90% 0.00%
1987 66.90% 0.40%
1986 66.50% -0.50%
1985 67.00% -0.20%
1984 67.20% 0.00%
1983 67.20% 0.40%
1982 66.80% 0.30%
1981 66.50% 0.30%