U.S. Poverty Rate 1974-2022

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.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2019 was 1.50%, a 0.2% decline from 2018.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2018 was 1.70%, a 0% increase from 2017.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2017 was 1.70%, a 0% increase from 2016.
  • U.S. poverty rate for 2016 was 1.70%, a 0% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
Argentina 14.50%
Panama 12.10%
Greece 3.40%
Uruguay 3.20%
Spain 2.50%
Latvia 2.00%
Hungary 1.80%
Croatia 1.80%
United States 1.50%
Lithuania 1.40%
Estonia 1.30%
Slovak Republic 1.30%
Portugal 0.90%
Austria 0.80%
Malta 0.70%
Sweden 0.60%
Denmark 0.40%
Cyprus 0.30%
Norway 0.30%
Netherlands 0.30%
Luxembourg 0.30%
Czech Republic 0.30%
Belgium 0.20%
Finland 0.10%
Slovenia 0.10%
U.S. Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2019 1.50% -0.20%
2018 1.70% 0.00%
2017 1.70% 0.00%
2016 1.70% 0.00%
2015 1.70% -0.30%
2014 2.00% 0.30%
2013 1.70% 0.00%
2012 1.70% 0.00%
2011 1.70% 0.00%
2010 1.70% 0.20%
2009 1.50% -0.20%
2008 1.70% 0.20%
2007 1.50% -0.20%
2006 1.70% 0.20%
2005 1.50% -0.20%
2004 1.70% 0.00%
2003 1.70% 0.20%
2002 1.50% 0.00%
2001 1.50% 0.30%
2000 1.20% 0.00%
1999 1.20% -0.30%
1998 1.50% 0.30%
1997 1.20% 0.00%
1996 1.20% 0.00%
1995 1.20% -0.30%
1994 1.50% 0.30%
1993 1.20% -0.30%
1992 1.50% 0.30%
1991 1.20% 0.00%
1986 1.20% 0.00%
1979 1.20% -0.50%
1974 1.70% -0.50%