Fact Tank Sep. 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa makes progress against poverty but has long way to go

As the UN looks to adopt new goals for the next 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind other developing regions in the areas of poverty, health care and education.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2015

Seven-in-ten people globally live on $10 or less per day

The urgency expressed by Pope Francis on global poverty and inequality is grounded in harsh reality. 4.4 billion people – 71% of the global population of 6.2 billion – lived on $10 or less per day in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the most recently available data.

Sep. 10, 2015

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

The South continues to be home to many of America’s poor, though to a lesser degree than a half-century ago. In 1960, half (49%) of impoverished Americans lived in the South. By 2010, that share had dropped to 41%.

Fact Tank Jul. 22, 2015

What it means to be poor by global standards

What exactly does it mean to live on $2 per day? And how does that compare with the notion of poverty in richer countries?

Fact Tank Jul. 20, 2015

Latin America’s middle class grows, but in some regions more than others

As a whole, Latin America enjoyed solid economic growth in the first decade of this century, with a fall in poverty, a decrease in income inequality and a rise of its middle class.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2015

Are you in the global middle class? Find out with our income calculator

On a global scale, just 13% of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Where do you fit?

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2015

China’s middle class surges, while India’s lags behind

China and India both succeeded in slashing poverty from 2001 to 2011. But while that contributed to a rapidly growing middle class in China, it did little to increase the number of Indians who could be considered middle income.

Jul. 14, 2015

Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines

The share of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the nation’s economy has improved. But the poverty rate has changed little for black children, the group most likely to be living in poverty.

Global Jul. 8, 2015

World Population by Income

How Many Live on How Much, and Where

Global Jul. 8, 2015

A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality

The first decade of this century witnessed an historic reduction in global poverty and a near doubling of the number of people who could be considered middle income. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still far from fruition.