South Africa Poverty Rate 1993-2020

NOTE: All 2020 and later data are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
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.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2014 was 57.10%, a 0.9% increase from 2010.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2010 was 56.20%, a 1.7% decline from 2008.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2008 was 57.90%, a 10% decline from 2005.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2005 was 67.90%, a 2.5% decline from 2000.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
South Africa 57.10%
Armenia 52.30%
Guatemala 48.80%
Albania 40.30%
Mexico 33.60%
China 31.50%
Colombia 29.80%
Romania 28.40%
Serbia 26.10%
Dominican Republic 25.10%
Peru 25.10%
North Macedonia 24.30%
Ecuador 23.80%
Montenegro 20.70%
Paraguay 19.30%
Brazil 17.70%
Costa Rica 11.90%
Thailand 10.60%
Turkey 10.50%
Iran 10.50%
Bulgaria 8.70%
Kazakhstan 6.70%
Russia 2.40%
Belarus 0.40%
South Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2014 57.10% 0.90%
2010 56.20% -1.70%
2008 57.90% -10.00%
2005 67.90% -2.50%
2000 70.40% -0.80%
1996 71.20% 4.10%
1993 67.10% 4.10%