According to the 2016 HIES survey, the national poverty headcount for Liberia is 50.9 percent. Meaning that slightly more than a half of the Liberian population is poor. This also mean that 50.9 percent of Liberians could not achieve the minimum expenditure to acquire basic food and non-food items. Poverty is higher in rural areas compared to urban areas. Rural poverty is 71.6 percent compared to urban poverty at 31.5 percent. Regional poverty was lower in Montserrado, 20.3 percent, followed by 57.2 percent in South Central, 58.4 percent in South Eastern A, 58.6 percent in North Western, and 68.5 percent in the North Central region. The region with the highest poverty level was South Eastern B at 81.3 percent.
At the county level, poverty was lower in Montserrado which includes Monrovia at 20.3 percent, followed 46.3 percent in Sinoe, and by Margibi and Grand Cape Mount at 52.2 and 53.7 percent respectively. The absolute poverty numbers for all the counties can be seen in figure below.
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