Poverty rates in OECD countries as of 2015

Poverty rates in OECD countries 2015 This graph shows the poverty rate in OECD countries in 2015 or the latest year available. In 2015, 19.5 percent of the population in Israel was living below the poverty line. The average poverty rate of OECD countries in 2015 was 11.59 percent.
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Percentage of population
Israel 19.5%
Turkey 17.2%
United States 16.8%
Mexico *16.7%
Latvia 16.2%
Japan **16.1%
Estonia 16.1%
Chile 16.1%
Spain 15.3%
Greece 14.9%
Canada 14.2%
Korea 13.8%
Italy *13.7%
Australia *12.8%
Portugal 12.6%
Poland 11.1%
United Kingdom 10.9%
New Zealand *10.9%
Hungary *10.1%
Switzerland *9.9%
Belgium 9.8%
Germany *9.5%
Sweden 9.2%
Ireland*9.2%
Slovenia 9.2%
Austria 8.7%
Slovak Republic 8.4%
France 8.1%
Luxembourg *8.1%
Norway 8.1%
Netherlands 7.9%
Iceland *6.5%
Czech Republic 6.4%
Finland 6.3%
Denmark *5.5%
Percentage of population
Israel 19.5%
Turkey 17.2%
United States 16.8%
Mexico *16.7%
Latvia 16.2%
Japan **16.1%
Estonia 16.1%
Chile 16.1%
Spain 15.3%
Greece 14.9%
Canada 14.2%
Korea 13.8%
Italy *13.7%
Australia *12.8%
Portugal 12.6%
Poland 11.1%
United Kingdom 10.9%
New Zealand *10.9%
Hungary *10.1%
Switzerland *9.9%
Belgium 9.8%
Germany *9.5%
Sweden 9.2%
Ireland*9.2%
Slovenia 9.2%
Austria 8.7%
Slovak Republic 8.4%
France 8.1%
Luxembourg *8.1%
Norway 8.1%
Netherlands 7.9%
Iceland *6.5%
Czech Republic 6.4%
Finland 6.3%
Denmark *5.5%
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This graph shows the poverty rate in OECD countries in 2015 or the latest year available. In 2015, 19.5 percent of the population in Israel was living below the poverty line. The average poverty rate of OECD countries in 2015 was 11.59 percent.
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Release date
January 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2015 or latest available
Supplementary notes
OECD database accessed on January 2, 2018
*2014 data
**2012 data

The poverty rate is the ratio of the number of people whose income falls below the poverty line and the total population; the poverty line is here taken as half the median household income.
Income is defined as household disposable income in a particular year. It consists of earnings, self-employment and capital income and public cash transfers; income taxes and social security contributions paid by households are deducted. The income of the household is attributed to each of its members, with an adjustment to reflect differences in needs for households of different sizes.

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