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Anambra has lowest poverty rate in S/East, Ebonyi highest

Anambra State has the lowest poverty headcount rate in the South East of Nigeria, while Ebonyi State has the highest rate, according to information released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in May 2020 and published by Statista.

According to the report which covered a survey time period of 2019, on the Nigeria poverty index, Anambra State has 14.8% poverty headcount rate in the South East followed by Imo State with 28.9%.

Abia State followed closely at 30.7% while Enugu and Ebonyi are last on the rung with Enugu at 58.13% and Ebonyi 79.76% respectively.

The record shows that Enugu State occupies the 13th position among the States with the highest population of the poor across the country.

At 58.13%, Enugu State ranked worse than Nasarawa State (57.3), Kastina State (56.42%), Plateau State (55.1%), Kebbi State (50.2%), Kaduna and Kogi States.

Enugu has double the figure of poor people of any state in the South West and South South.

In the South East, Enugu only managed to beat Ebonyi, while it tripled the number of the poor in the neighbouring Anambra State.

Imo and Abia also got their fair share of poverty rate with their respective 28.5% and 30.7%.

Poverty headcount rate in Nigeria 2019 by state

In 2019, the Nigerian states of Sokoto and Taraba had the largest percentage of people living below the poverty line.

The lowest poverty rates were recorded in the South and South-Western states. In Lagos, this figure equaled to 4.5 percent, the lowest rate in Nigeria.

An individual is considered poor in Nigeria when has an availability of less than 137.4 thousand Nigerian Naira (roughly 361 U.S. dollars) per year.

In total, 40.1 percent of population in Nigeria lived in poverty.

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information:

“The headcount ratio defines the proportion of population that is living in the households where the value of per capita total consumption expenditure is below or equal to the poverty line.

“The estimates exclude Borno state.”

The share of people in poverty shows other states statistics as follow:

Sokoto 87.73%, Taraba 87.72%, Jigawa 87.02%, Ebonyi 79.76%, Adamawa 75.41%, Zamfara 73.98%, Yobe 72.34%, Niger 66.11%, Gombe 62.31%, Bauchi 61.53%, Enugu 58.13%, Nasarawa 57.3%, Katsina 56.42% Kano 55.1%, Plateau 55.1%, Kebbi 50.2%, Kaduna 43.5%, Federal Capital Territory 38.7%, Cross River 36.3%, Benue 32.9%, Abia 30.7%, Imo 28.9%, Kogi 28.5%, Ekiti 28%, Akwa Ibom 26.8%, Rivers 23.9%, Bayelsa 22.6%, Kwara 20.4%, Anambra 14.8%, Ondo 12.5%, Edo 12%.

See full table below:

Poverty statistics
Nigeria poverty statistics

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