The World Bank’s estimate of people living below the poverty line (about 1.25 USD per day) amounts to 1.4 billion people. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes more invisible in death” (State of the World’s Children, 2010). The following interactive map gives a glimpse of not only how many in selected countries live below the poverty line, but compares income to expenses such as housing and food.

Australia

GDP per capita (PPP)* $40,800
unemployment rate 5.1%
Literacy Rate 99%
infant mortality rate/1,000 4.55
Average monthly wage $3849
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $1642
One Dozen eggs $4.11
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day -

Canada

GDP per capita (PPP)* $42,000
unemployment rate 7.50%
Literacy Rate 99%
infant mortality rate/1,000 4.85
Average monthly wage $3000
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $920
One Dozen eggs $3.05
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day -

China

GDP per capita (PPP)* $8,500
unemployment rate 6.5%
Literacy Rate 92.2%
infant mortality rate/1,000 15.9
Average monthly wage $632
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $552
One Dozen eggs $1.90
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 16%

Democratic Republic of the Congo

GDP per capita (PPP)* $210
unemployment rate -
Literacy Rate 66.8%
infant mortality rate/1,000 76.63
Average monthly wage $120
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $3377
One Dozen eggs $3.74
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 54%

France

GDP per capita (PPP)* $35,600
unemployment rate 9.3%
Literacy Rate 99%
infant mortality rate/1,000 3.01
Average monthly wage $2602
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $780
One Dozen eggs $3.55
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day -

Haiti

GDP per capita (PPP)* $1,300
unemployment rate 40.6%
Literacy Rate 52.9%
infant mortality rate/1,000 52.44
Average monthly wage $712
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $475
One Dozen eggs $2
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 55%

Hong Kong

GDP per capita (PPP)* $49,800
unemployment rate 3.4%
Literacy Rate 93.5%
infant mortality rate/1,000 2.9
Average monthly wage $2,386
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $1,677
One Dozen eggs $2.58
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day -

India

GDP per capita (PPP)* $3,700
unemployment rate 9.8%
Literacy Rate 61%
infant mortality rate/1,000 46.07
Average monthly wage $483
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $155
One Dozen eggs $0.77
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 42%

Indonesia

GDP per capita (PPP)* $4,700
unemployment rate 6.6%
Literacy Rate 90.4%
infant mortality rate/1,000 26.99
Average monthly wage $313
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $365
One Dozen eggs $1.44
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 19%

Philippines

GDP per capita (PPP)* $4,100
unemployment rate 7%
Literacy Rate 92.6%
infant mortality rate/1,000 16.18
Average monthly wage $301
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $246
One Dozen eggs $1.57
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 23%

Thailand

GDP per capita (PPP)* $9,500
unemployment rate 0.70%
Literacy Rate 92.6%
infant mortality rate/1,000 15.9
Average monthly wage $491
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $327
One Dozen eggs $1.57
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day 11%

United States

GDP per capita (PPP)* $49,000
unemployment rate 9%
Literacy Rate 99%
infant mortality rate/1,000 5.3
Average monthly wage $3000
Rent - 1 bedroom in City $890
One Dozen eggs $2
population below poverty line of US$1.25 day -

GDP is the value of all goods and services produced by people in an economy. GDP per capita (PPP) is the GDP divided by the number of people in the economy.