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

Author: Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

Author: Suchita Vemuri<br>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 IndiaIndia 41.01% 2003
2 ChinaChina 22.12% 2003
3 NigeriaNigeria 8.03% 2003
4 PakistanPakistan 3.86% 2003
5 BangladeshBangladesh 3.49% 2003
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 3.43% 2003
6 BrazilBrazil 1.82% 2003
7 EthiopiaEthiopia 1.82% 2003
8 IndonesiaIndonesia 1.49% 2003
9 MexicoMexico 1.43% 2003
10 RussiaRussia 0.99% 2003
11 NepalNepal 0.78% 2003
12 GhanaGhana 0.78% 2003
13 ColombiaColombia 0.76% 2003
14 KenyaKenya 0.72% 2003
15 MaliMali 0.71% 2003
16 MadagascarMadagascar 0.68% 2003
17 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 0.62% 2003
18 MozambiqueMozambique 0.61% 2003
19 TanzaniaTanzania 0.61% 2003
20 NigerNiger 0.59% 2003
21 ZambiaZambia 0.58% 2003
22 VenezuelaVenezuela 0.51% 2003
23 South AfricaSouth Africa 0.45% 2003
24 CameroonCameroon 0.45% 2003
25 ZimbabweZimbabwe 0.41% 2003
26 PeruPeru 0.36% 2003
27 RwandaRwanda 0.27% 2003
28 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 0.26% 2003
29 YemenYemen 0.25% 2003
30 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 0.23% 2003
31 EcuadorEcuador 0.23% 2003
32 SenegalSenegal 0.22% 2003
33 EgyptEgypt 0.18% 2003
34 HondurasHonduras 0.14% 2003
35 TurkeyTurkey 0.14% 2003
36 UkraineUkraine 0.14% 2003
37 LaosLaos 0.13% 2003
38 El SalvadorEl Salvador 0.12% 2003
39 Sri LankaSri Lanka 0.12% 2003
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 0.115% 2003
40 ThailandThailand 0.11% 2003
41 BoliviaBolivia 0.11% 2003
42 ParaguayParaguay 0.1% 2003
43 GuatemalaGuatemala 0.1% 2003
44 South KoreaSouth Korea 0.09% 2003
45 UzbekistanUzbekistan 0.08% 2003
46 LesothoLesotho 0.08% 2003
47 MauritaniaMauritania 0.07% 2003
48 The GambiaThe Gambia 0.07% 2003
49 PolandPoland 0.07% 2003
50 AlgeriaAlgeria 0.06% 2003
51 RomaniaRomania 0.06% 2003
52 NamibiaNamibia 0.06% 2003
53 BotswanaBotswana 0.05% 2003
54 MoldovaMoldova 0.05% 2003
55 MoroccoMorocco 0.05% 2003
56 PanamaPanama 0.04% 2003
57 Costa RicaCosta Rica 0.04% 2003
58 KazakhstanKazakhstan 0.04% 2003
59 MongoliaMongolia 0.03% 2003
60 ChileChile 0.03% 2003
61 ArmeniaArmenia 0.03% 2003
62 PortugalPortugal 0.02% 2003
63 HungaryHungary 0.02% 2003
64 BulgariaBulgaria 0.02% 2003
65 BelarusBelarus 0.02% 2003
66 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 0.02% 2003
67 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 0.02% 2003
68 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 0.02% 2003
69 TunisiaTunisia 0.02% 2003
70 UruguayUruguay 0.01% 2003
71 JordanJordan 0.01% 2003
72 GeorgiaGeorgia 0.01% 2003
73 CroatiaCroatia 0.01% 2003
74 LithuaniaLithuania 0.01% 2003
75 JamaicaJamaica 0.01% 2003
76 SlovakiaSlovakia 0.01% 2003
77 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 0.01% 2003
78 LatviaLatvia 0.0 2003
79 SloveniaSlovenia 0.0 2003
80 EstoniaEstonia 0.0 2003

Citation

"All countries compared for Economy > Poverty > Share of all poor people", 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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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<br>Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri<br>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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