Country Comparison > Population below poverty line

RankCountryPopulation below poverty line (%)
1Syria82.5
2Zimbabwe72.3
3Madagascar70.7
4Sierra Leone70.2
5Nigeria70
6Suriname70
7Guinea-Bissau67
8Sao Tome and Principe66.2
9South Sudan66
10Burundi64.6
11Congo, Democratic Republic of the63
12Swaziland63
13Central African Republic62
14Guatemala59.3
15Haiti58.5
16Lesotho57
17Togo55.1
18Afghanistan54.5
19Zambia54.4
20Liberia54.1
21Yemen54
22Malawi50.7
23Eritrea50
24Gambia, The48.4
25Guinea47
26Chad46.7
27Senegal46.7
28Sudan46.5
29Congo, Republic of the46.5
30Mexico46.2
31Mozambique46.1
32Niger45.4
33Comoros44.8
34Equatorial Guinea44
35East Timor41.8
36Belize41
37Burkina Faso40.1
38Seychelles39.3
39Rwanda39.1
40Bolivia38.6
41Grenada38
42Papua New Guinea37
43Angola36.6
44Benin36.2
45Mali36.1
46Kenya36.1
47Greece36
48Guyana35
49Gabon34.3
50El Salvador32.7
51Kyrgyzstan32.1
52Armenia32
53Tajikistan31.5
54Fiji31
55Mauritania31
56Dominican Republic30.5
57Cameroon30
58Gaza Strip30
59Cape Verde30
60Italy29.9
61Mongolia29.6
62Nicaragua29.6
63Honduras29.6
64Ethiopia29.6
65Pakistan29.5
66Dominica29
67Virgin Islands28.9
68Namibia28.7
69Lebanon28.6
70Colombia28
71Egypt27.8
72Micronesia, Federated States of26.7
73Tuvalu26.3
74Argentina25.7
75Burma25.6
76Latvia25.5
77Nepal25.2
78Palau24.9
79Bangladesh24.3
80Ghana24.2
81Bulgaria23.4
82Anguilla23
83Algeria23
84Guam23
85Djibouti23
86Panama23
87Iraq23
88Tanzania22.8
89Peru22.7
90Tonga22.5
91Romania22.4
92Paraguay22.2
93Lithuania22.2
94Israel22
95Laos22
96India21.9
97Turkey21.9
98Costa Rica21.7
99Philippines21.6
100Macedonia21.5
101Ecuador21.5
102Uganda21.4
103Estonia21.1
104Spain21.1
105Trinidad and Tobago20
106Hong Kong19.9
107French Polynesia19.7
108Venezuela19.7
109United Arab Emirates19.5
110Croatia19.5
111Botswana19.3
112Portugal19
113Iran18.7
114West Bank18
115Kosovo17.6
116Poland17.6
117Jamaica17.1
118New Caledonia17
119Bosnia and Herzegovina16.9
120Germany16.7
121South Africa16.6
122Cambodia16.5
123Malta16.3
124Greenland16.2
125Japan16.1
126Tunisia15.5
127United States15.1
128Belgium15.1
129Maldives15
130Morocco15
131Sweden15
132United Kingdom15
133Hungary14.9
134Chile14.4
135Korea, South14.4
136Albania14.3
137France14.2
138Jordan14.2
139Uzbekistan14
140Slovenia13.9
141Denmark13.4
142Russia13.3
143Slovakia12.3
144Bhutan12
145Bermuda11
146Indonesia10.9
147Faroe Islands10
148Czech Republic9.7
149Uruguay9.7
150Moldova9.6
151Canada9.4
152Bahamas, The9.3
153Georgia9.2
154Serbia8.9
155Netherlands8.8
156Montenegro8.6
157Ireland8.2
158Mauritius8
159Vietnam8
160Thailand7.2
161Sri Lanka6.7
162Switzerland6.6
163Belarus5.7
164Azerbaijan4.9
165Brazil4.2
166Malaysia3.8
167Ukraine3.8
168China3.3
169Austria3
170Kazakhstan2.6
171Taiwan1.5
172Turkmenistan0.2

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, 2020

See also: Population below poverty line map

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