People in and not in extreme poverty

Our World in Data

Our World in Data, website with many kinds of data about the world: The chance of being born into extreme poverty has declined dramatically over the last 200 years. In 1820 there were just under 1.1 billion people in the world, of which the large majority lived in extreme poverty. Since around 1970, we are living in a world in which the number of non-poor people is rising, while the number of extremely poor people is falling. According to the estimates shown here there were 735 million people living in extreme poverty in 2015. On every day in the last 25 years there could have been a newspaper headline reading, “The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 128,000 since yesterday”. Unfortunately, the slow developments that entirely transform our world never make the news, and this is why we are working on this online publication.


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