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Last updated - February 12, 2010


In 2004 the methodology of estimation of poverty, extreme (food) poverty and complete poverty lines has been changed: the calculation has been made for per adult equivalent. The presented data are calculated according to the new methodology. For methodological clarifications please see "Social Snapshot and Poverty in Armenia: statistical-analytical report", NSS of RA, 2005.

Table 6.1 Main Poverty Indicators in Armenia

1998/99

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

GDP Per Capita (USD)

571.9

1,112.20

1,523.10

1,982.10

2,853.90

3,685.50

2,686.00

GDP Per Capita (PPP International Dollar*)

1,793.20

3,327.20

3,903.50

4,557.60

5,324.70

5,793.70

5,118.67

Economic Growth (cumulative, 1998=100)

100

170.8

194.5

220.2

250.4

267.4

228.9

Poverty Incidence, %

56.1

34.6

29.8

26.5

25

27.6

34.1

Extreme Poverty Incidence (extremely poors), %

21

6.4

4.6

4.1

3.8

1.6

3.6

Poverty Gap, %

17.2

7.4

5.4

3.8

4.9

5.1

7.8

Poverty Severity, %

7.2

2.4

1.6

1.1

1.5

1.4

2.4

Gini Coefficient by Income Inequality

0.6

0.4

0.36

0.37

0.37

0.34

0.36

Gini Coefficient by Consumption Inequality

0.3

0.26

0.26

0.26

0.29

0.24

0.26

Poverty Incidence, %

Capital City (Yerevan)

58.4

29.2

23.9

21

20

19.7

22

Urban Areas

62.1

36.4

30.7

28.2

24.7

23.8

28.4

Urban Areas (excluding Yerevan)

65.5

43.9

37.8

35.8

29.8

28.3

35.5

Rural Areas

48.2

31.7

28.3

23.4

25.5

22.9

29.1

Extreme Poverty, %

Capital City (Yerevan)

24.8

6.1

3.6

3.5

3.2

3.2

3.7

Urban Areas

26.2

7.5

5.3

5

4.6

3.9

6.1

Urban Areas (excluding Yerevan)

27.4

9.2

7.2

6.6

6.1

4.6

8.8

Rural Areas

14.1

4.4

3.2

2.4

2.3

1.7

3.4

Poverty Line, (monthly average)

AMD

17,663

19,373

20,289

21,555

23,168

25,188

25,877

USD**

33.8

38.9

44.9

57.6

73.1

82.2

67.3

Extreme Poverty (Food) Line (monthly average)

AMD

11,210

12,467

13,266

14,300

15,753

17,232

17,141

USD**

21.5

25

29.3

38.2

49.7

56.2

44.6



Table 6.2 Poverty by Marzes (percent)

  Poverty Incidence Extreme Poverty
  1998/99 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 1998/99 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Armenia 56.1 34.6 29.8 26.5 25.0 27.6 34.1 21.0 6.4 4.6 4.1 3.8 1.6 3.6
Yerevan 58.4 29.2 23.9 21.0 20.0 20.1 26.7 24.8 6.1 3.6 3.5 3.2 1.1 2.1
Aragatsotn 60.5 35.4 32.3 27.5 22.2 20.3 25.4 22.8 5.6 3.1 2.6 3.0 0.5 1.6
Ararat 52.3 32.7 30.9 27.0 25.5 31.3 39.8 13.3 6.4 7.4 5.5 3.5 1.6 3.4
Armavir 41.7 36.0 31.6 30.8 30.7 24.5 31.3 10.2 6.6 3.8 3.4 3.8 0.7 3.7
Gegharqunik 49.9 41.9 36.8 29.8 29.6 32.0 40.4 11.3 4.5 2.9 2.6 2.5 0.4 2.2
Lori 62.6 31.3 28.8 27.0 26.8 34.2 41.7 30.0 4.5 5.8 5.5 3.6 2.8 7.7
Kotayk 61.7 39.3 34.5 32.0 30.0 39.5 43.0 24.5 9.2 8.7 8.1 6.1 2.1 6.6
Shirak 75.8 48.8 42.5 37.3 32.1 42.4 47.2 33.0 10.4 4.3 3.7 6.0 4.6 5.5
Syunik 53.1 36.5 28.9 25.3 24.0 20.3 23.4 18.7 5.9 2.3 2.1 3.7 1.3 2.2
Vayots Dzor 34.7 28.9 19.2 11.4 13.7 21.1 30.3 12.9 4.1 1.8 1.3 2.3 1.9 1.6
Tavush 29.3 30.5 25.8 23.5 21.6 23.2 31.3 9.3 3.3 3.8 3.3 3.3 1.7 1.8

Table 6.3 Poverty by Gender (percent)
  1998/99 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 1998/99 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  Male Female
Non Poors 44.1 65.0 69.9 73.7 75.3 72.2 66.0 43.7 65.7 70.3 73.4 74.8 72.7 65.8
Poors 55.9 35.0 30.1 26.3 24.7 27.8 34.0 56.3 34.3 29.7 26.6 25.2 27.3 34.2
Very Poors 20.9 6.4 4.5 4.0 3.8 1.6 3.6 21.1 6.4 4.6 4.2 3.8 1.7 3.7

Table 6.4 Poverty by Level of Education (for 16 years old and above, percent)
  Non Poors Poors Very Poors
Primary or less      
1998/99 37.7 62.3 23.7
2004 62.6 37.4 7.2
2005 70.1 29.9 4.6
2006 62.7 37.3 8.6
2007 68.6 31.4 2.9
2008 63.9 36.1 4.2
2009 53.6 46.4 4.1
Lower Secondary      
1998/99 36.7 63.3 27.8
2004 60.8 39.2 8.1
2005 63 37 6.7
2006 63.6 36.4 8.3
2007 70.3 29.7 5.3
2008 59.9 40.1 3.2
2009 54.6 45.4 6.1
Secondary      
1998/99 41.1 58.9 24
2004 60.8 39.2 7.4
2005 65.6 34.4 5.3
2006 70.1 29.9 4.4
2007 72 28 4
2008 69.8 30.2 1.7
2009 62.6 37.4 4.1
Specialized Secondary    
1998/99 44.4 55.6 19.4
2004 68.1 31.9 5.6
2005 73.9 26.1 3.8
2006 77.7 22.3 2.4
2007 77.5 22.5 3.1
2008 78.1 21.9 1
2009 69.7 30.3 2.6
Tertiary Education      
1998/99 55.1 44.9 13.4
2004 80.5 19.5 2.6
2005 84.6 15.4 1.9
2006 85.7 14.3 1.9
2007 88.1 11.9 1.1
2008 85.3 14.7 0.4
2009 83.1 16.9 1.7

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