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Economy > Poverty > Share of all poor people: Countries Compared

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Author: Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

The distribution of the poor over different countries is indicative of nothing more than their spread geographically. China and India, the world’s most populous nations, are home to over 63% of the world’s poorest and while they rank low on GDP per capita, are high on GDP ranking in terms of purchasing power parity, China 2nd behind the USA and India 4th.

It is also interesting to compare the global distribution of the poor with the proportion of people living below the poverty line within each country and the ratios of a country’s poor with the distribution of wealth within each country. In India, for example, the richest tenth consume 33.5% of the resources, in China (and the USA) around 30.5%).
DEFINITION: The percentage of the world's total poor who live in each nation. 'Poor' here is defined as lving below the global poverty line of US$1 per day.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 India 41.01% 2003
2 China 22.12% 2003
3 Nigeria 8.03% 2003
4 Pakistan 3.86% 2003
5 Bangladesh 3.49% 2003
Emerging markets average (profile) 3.43% 2003
=6 Brazil 1.82% 2003
=6 Ethiopia 1.82% 2003
8 Indonesia 1.49% 2003
9 Mexico 1.43% 2003
10 Russia 0.99% 2003
=11 Nepal 0.78% 2003
=11 Ghana 0.78% 2003
13 Colombia 0.76% 2003
14 Kenya 0.72% 2003
15 Mali 0.71% 2003
16 Madagascar 0.68% 2003
17 Burkina Faso 0.62% 2003
=18 Mozambique 0.61% 2003
=18 Tanzania 0.61% 2003
20 Niger 0.59% 2003
21 Zambia 0.58% 2003
22 Venezuela 0.51% 2003
=23 South Africa 0.45% 2003
=23 Cameroon 0.45% 2003
25 Zimbabwe 0.41% 2003
26 Peru 0.36% 2003
27 Rwanda 0.27% 2003
28 Sierra Leone 0.26% 2003
29 Yemen 0.25% 2003
=30 Central African Republic 0.23% 2003
=30 Ecuador 0.23% 2003
32 Senegal 0.22% 2003
33 Egypt 0.18% 2003
=34 Honduras 0.14% 2003
=34 Turkey 0.14% 2003
=34 Ukraine 0.14% 2003
37 Laos 0.13% 2003
=38 El Salvador 0.12% 2003
=38 Sri Lanka 0.12% 2003
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 0.115% 2003
=40 Thailand 0.11% 2003
=40 Bolivia 0.11% 2003
=42 Paraguay 0.1% 2003
=42 Guatemala 0.1% 2003
44 South Korea 0.09% 2003
=45 Uzbekistan 0.08% 2003
=45 Lesotho 0.08% 2003
=47 Mauritania 0.07% 2003
=47 The Gambia 0.07% 2003
=47 Poland 0.07% 2003
=50 Algeria 0.06% 2003
=50 Romania 0.06% 2003
=50 Namibia 0.06% 2003
=53 Botswana 0.05% 2003
=53 Moldova 0.05% 2003
=53 Morocco 0.05% 2003
=56 Panama 0.04% 2003
=56 Costa Rica 0.04% 2003
=56 Kazakhstan 0.04% 2003
=59 Mongolia 0.03% 2003
=59 Chile 0.03% 2003
=59 Armenia 0.03% 2003
=62 Portugal 0.02% 2003
=62 Hungary 0.02% 2003
=62 Bulgaria 0.02% 2003
=62 Belarus 0.02% 2003
=62 Trinidad and Tobago 0.02% 2003
=62 Czech Republic 0.02% 2003
=62 Dominican Republic 0.02% 2003
=62 Tunisia 0.02% 2003
=70 Uruguay 0.01% 2003
=70 Jordan 0.01% 2003
=70 Georgia 0.01% 2003
=70 Croatia 0.01% 2003
=70 Lithuania 0.01% 2003
=70 Jamaica 0.01% 2003
=70 Slovakia 0.01% 2003
=70 Azerbaijan 0.01% 2003
=78 Latvia 0.0 2003
=78 Slovenia 0.0 2003
=78 Estonia 0.0 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Poverty > Share of all poor people. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Country Responsibilities in Achieving the Millenium Development Goals", April 8 2003, by Janice Poling. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Poverty/Share-of-all-poor-people

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Interesting observations about Economy > Poverty > Share of all poor people

  • India ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Emerging markets in 2003.
  • Russia ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Eastern Europe in 2003.
  • Mexico ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2003.
  • Ethiopia ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Landlocked countries in 2003.
  • Nigeria ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Muslim countries in 2003.
  • China ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Cold countries in 2003.
  • Brazil ranked first for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2003.
  • Ukraine ranked second for poverty > share of all poor people amongst Former Soviet republics in 2003.
  • 8 of the top 9 countries by poverty > share of all poor people are Hot countries.
  • 8 of the bottom 9 countries by poverty > share of all poor people are European.

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The distribution of the poor over different countries is indicative of nothing more than their spread geographically. China and India, the world’s most populous nations, are home to over 63% of the world’s poorest and while they rank low on GDP per capita, are high on GDP ranking in terms of purchasing power parity, China 2nd behind the USA and India 4th.

It is also interesting to compare the global distribution of the poor with the proportion of people living below the poverty line within each country and the ratios of a country’s poor with the distribution of wealth within each country. In India, for example, the richest tenth consume 33.5% of the resources, in China (and the USA) around 30.5%).

Posted on 21 Jan 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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Some of the countries currently protesting in the middle east like Yemen, Egypt etc seem to also be quite high up on the list.

Posted on 14 Mar 2011

chihuahua

chihuahua

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China is a developing country .not long time in future.the poor people will decrease more !

Posted on 21 Aug 2010

Huang Lei

Huang Lei

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Just wondering if this facts are based on the global population; since they keep saying that Haiti, Guatemala and Nicaragua are the most poor in America; and here I see Mexico and Colombia leading the numbers for this continent.

Posted on 01 Apr 2010

Liz

Liz

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How can I tell how current your data is? I need to know what year the figures are from.

Posted on 02 Feb 2010

Helen

Helen

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Hello I like this website. Heh Heh.

Posted on 16 Sep 2009

Bobart Riley

Bobart Riley

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Interesting to note the over 70% of the world's poor are located in Asia, this is a good reason why Servants to Asia's Urban poor (www.servantsasia.org) focusses on this continent.

Posted on 07 Aug 2009

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