South Africa Poverty Rate 1993-2021

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.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2014 was 56.90%, a 0.9% increase from 2010.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2010 was 56.00%, a 1.6% decline from 2008.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2008 was 57.60%, a 10.1% decline from 2005.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2005 was 67.70%, a 2.5% decline from 2000.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
South Africa 56.90%
Guatemala 49.10%
Armenia 44.90%
Albania 37.00%
Mexico 33.30%
China 31.50%
Colombia 30.30%
North Macedonia 26.10%
Romania 25.50%
Serbia 25.40%
Peru 25.30%
Dominican Republic 25.20%
Ecuador 23.80%
Montenegro 20.50%
Paraguay 18.60%
Brazil 17.60%
Iran 12.30%
Costa Rica 12.30%
Thailand 10.40%
Turkey 10.00%
Bulgaria 9.10%
Kazakhstan 5.00%
Russia 3.60%
Belarus 0.40%
South Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2014 56.90% 0.90%
2010 56.00% -1.60%
2008 57.60% -10.10%
2005 67.70% -2.50%
2000 70.20% -0.80%
1996 71.00% 4.10%
1993 66.90% 4.10%