Country Comparison > Population below poverty line > TOP 10

RankCountryPopulation below poverty line (%)
4Congo, Democratic Republic of the71
5Sierra Leone70.2

Definition: National estimates of the percentage of the population falling below the poverty line are based on surveys of sub-groups, with the results weighted by the number of people in each group. Definitions of poverty vary considerably among nations. For example, rich nations generally employ more generous standards of poverty than poor nations.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Population below poverty line map

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