South Africa Poverty Rate 1993-2023

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.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2014 was 61.60%, a 0.7% increase from 2010.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2010 was 60.90%, a 1.5% decline from 2008.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2008 was 62.40%, a 9.4% decline from 2005.
  • South Africa poverty rate for 2005 was 71.80%, a 2.5% decline from 2000.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
South Africa 61.60%
Guatemala 55.40%
Armenia 51.10%
China 42.30%
Albania 38.70%
Mexico 38.30%
Colombia 35.40%
Dominican Republic 34.80%
Peru 33.40%
North Macedonia 29.80%
Romania 29.70%
Serbia 28.20%
Ecuador 27.60%
Brazil 24.30%
Paraguay 22.60%
Montenegro 22.60%
Iran 21.10%
Thailand 18.70%
Costa Rica 15.10%
Kazakhstan 14.80%
Turkey 12.40%
Bulgaria 11.00%
Russia 4.70%
Belarus 3.20%
South Africa Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2014 61.60% 0.70%
2010 60.90% -1.50%
2008 62.40% -9.40%
2005 71.80% -2.50%
2000 74.30% 3.20%
1993 71.10% 3.20%