Sri Lanka Poverty Rate 1985-2024

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.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2019 was 49.30%, a 3.5% decline from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2016 was 52.80%, a 8.7% decline from 2012.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2012 was 61.50%, a 5.9% decline from 2009.
  • Sri Lanka poverty rate for 2009 was 67.40%, a 2% decline from 2006.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % Under US $5.50 Per Day
India 83.80%
Vanuatu 76.10%
Kiribati 68.90%
Egypt 68.80%
Kyrgyz Republic 63.70%
Indonesia 61.90%
Georgia 54.20%
Honduras 49.50%
Sri Lanka 49.30%
El Salvador 28.80%
Bolivia 15.50%
Moldova 14.70%
Ukraine 7.10%
Sri Lanka Poverty Rate - Historical Data
Year % Under US $5.50 Per Day Change
2019 49.30% -3.50%
2016 52.80% -8.70%
2012 61.50% -5.90%
2009 67.40% -2.00%
2006 69.40% -7.40%
2002 76.80% -5.70%
1995 82.50% -4.70%
1990 87.20% -0.40%
1985 87.60% -0.40%