The issues of poverty are many. The amount of information available on poverty is more than can be summarized on any one website. The statistics here are provided to give a very basic overview of the poverty situation in the world, a snapshot of information on a selected few poverty topics. For more information, please refer to the sources page, the Books, Movies and More page, as well as the vast amount of information available online. If any of the information is incorrect or out of date, please notify us.
General Poverty Statistics 2011:
- The world population is about 7 billion up from 6.5 billion in 2007. Expected to reach 9 billion by 2025.
- Poverty in the European Union is one in seven.
- Poverty in the USA is one in six.
- One in five workers worldwide live in extreme poverty of less than $1.25 per person a day in 2009. The economic downturn has added an estimated 40 million workers to this category.
- For the first time in history, half the population lives in cities.
- Half the world live on less than $2.50 a day; 80% live on less than $10.
- Third world countries 75% of the population live on less than $2 a day.
- Number of children in the world 2.2 billion; half live in poverty.
- 80% live in countries where income gaps are widening.
- One in seven people worldwide are going hungry.
- 24,000 people die each day from hunger and hunger related diseases and 14,000 are children.
- One billion are illiterate; close to 3 million are illiterate in the USA.
- 270 million children don't have access to health care.
- 1.6 billion don't have electricity.
- 2.6 billion don't have access to sanitation.
- 2 billion people of which 400 million are children don't have access to clean drinking water or lack access to sufficient quantities of clean water to meet daily needs.
- 300 million in Africa risk drinking dirty water on a daily basis.
- Number of children in the world 2.2 billion; number living in poverty 1 billion.
- 640 million children live in inadequate shelter.
- Half the world has a life expectance over 70; the other half a life expectancy under 55.
- One trillion per year would eliminate global avoidable mortality.
- 60% of these deaths are children under 5.
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