Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate 1990-2024

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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2019 was 86.40%, a 0.3% decline from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2018 was 86.70%, a 0.4% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2017 was 87.10%, a 0.2% decline from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa poverty rate for 2016 was 87.30%, a 0.1% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Sub-Saharan Africa 86.40%
South Asia 82.30%
World 46.90%
East Asia & Pacific 32.10%
Latin America & Caribbean 28.00%
Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2019 86.40% -0.30%
2018 86.70% -0.40%
2017 87.10% -0.20%
2016 87.30% -0.10%
2015 87.40% -0.10%
2014 87.50% -0.50%
2013 88.00% -0.30%
2012 88.30% -0.40%
2011 88.70% -0.20%
2010 88.90% -0.60%
2009 89.50% 0.00%
2008 89.50% -0.40%
2007 89.90% -0.60%
2006 90.50% -0.50%
2005 91.00% -0.40%
2004 91.40% -0.30%
2003 91.70% 0.10%
2002 91.60% -0.10%
2001 91.70% 0.00%
2000 91.70% 0.20%
1999 91.50% 0.20%
1998 91.30% 0.20%
1997 91.10% -0.10%
1996 91.20% -0.40%
1995 91.60% -0.20%
1994 91.80% 0.10%
1993 91.70% 1.00%
1992 90.70% 0.60%
1991 90.10% 0.40%
1990 89.70% 0.40%