South Asia Poverty Rate 1960-2024

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 Asia poverty rate for 2022 was 79.20%, a 2% decline from 2021.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2021 was 81.20%, a 0.9% decline from 2020.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2020 was 82.10%, a 1.5% increase from 2019.
  • South Asia poverty rate for 2019 was 80.60%, a 2% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
South Asia 79.20%
World 45.50%
East Asia & Pacific 29.20%
Latin America & Caribbean 25.20%
North America 0.00%
European Union 0.00%
Euro Area 0.00%
Sub-Saharan Africa 0.00%
OECD members 0.00%
South Asia Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2022 79.20% -2.00%
2021 81.20% -0.90%
2020 82.10% 1.50%
2019 80.60% -2.00%
2018 82.60% -2.50%
2017 85.10% -2.20%
2016 87.30% -0.30%
2015 87.60% -0.50%
2014 88.10% -0.50%
2013 88.60% -0.60%
2012 89.20% -0.90%
2011 90.10% -1.40%
2010 91.50% -0.80%
2009 92.30% -0.30%
2008 92.60% -0.30%
2007 92.90% -0.30%
2006 93.20% -0.40%
2005 93.60% -0.40%
2004 94.00% -0.50%
2003 94.50% -0.30%
2002 94.80% 94.80%
2001 0.00% 0.00%
2000 0.00% 0.00%
1999 0.00% 0.00%
1998 0.00% 0.00%
1997 0.00% -95.60%
1996 95.60% -0.30%
1995 95.90% -0.20%
1994 96.10% -0.30%
1993 96.40% 0.00%
1992 96.40% -0.20%
1991 96.60% -0.10%
1990 96.70% 0.00%
1989 96.70% 0.00%
1988 96.70% -0.10%
1987 96.80% -0.10%
1986 96.90% -0.10%
1985 97.00% -0.20%
1984 97.20% -0.20%
1983 97.40% -0.10%
1982 97.50% -0.10%
1981 97.60% 97.60%
1980 0.00% 0.00%
1979 0.00% 0.00%
1978 0.00% 0.00%
1977 0.00% 0.00%
1976 0.00% 0.00%
1975 0.00% 0.00%
1974 0.00% 0.00%
1973 0.00% 0.00%
1972 0.00% 0.00%
1971 0.00% 0.00%
1970 0.00% 0.00%
1969 0.00% 0.00%
1968 0.00% 0.00%
1967 0.00% 0.00%
1966 0.00% 0.00%
1965 0.00% 0.00%
1964 0.00% 0.00%
1963 0.00% 0.00%
1962 0.00% 0.00%
1961 0.00% 0.00%
1960 0.00% 0.00%