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, 2012

See also: Population below poverty line map

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Poverty’s long farewell
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The country has large reserves of natural gas (world ranking: second ... of $17,943 and approximately six percent of the population is living below the poverty line. Gabon, an African country, has traditionally been an oil-dependent economy.

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Where America's poorest live: How the country’s once-proud industrial heartlands still struggle with low incomes and poverty seven years on from financial crisis
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Why Poverty Matters in the School Failure Debate
Alter Net - 2/25/2015 11:51:40 PM
Finland's is below 5% while the U.S. rate is 22%--by far the worst level of child poverty among peer countries world-wide. When we choose to ignore the fact that poverty, especially concentrated poverty, drags down our schools, we've gone down the rabbit hole.

Are poverty and inequality changing?
Rappler - 2/25/2015 2:58:58 AM
Moreover, this level of ... but across the world. The Gini coefficient for income/expenditure of selected ASEAN countries is listed in Table 2. When this table is seen together with the performance of these countries in reducing poverty in the last few ...

World in the clutches of have-mores
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In today’s world, a vast majority of the ... suffice the needs of twice the current human population. So, what is this hullaballoo? Why a large number of people is being pushed below the poverty line each year? Why a major chunk of human population ...

Poverty in rural Sindh
Pakistan Observer - 2/22/2015 6:58:45 AM
but even then it is estimated that 80 per cent of the population is living below the poverty line and 25 per cent of households are ... life expectancy is the lowest in the world, only negligible per cent of enrolled children complete primary education ...

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Spy Ghana - 2/25/2015 3:52:03 PM
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Dawn - 6/9/2014 5:59:39 AM
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