Wednesday, July 31, 2013

México: Forty-Five Percent of Mexicans Below Poverty Line, 9.8% Destitute

According to EFE, and specifically a 2012 report released by the National Council to Evaluate Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) the proportion of Mexicans living below the poverty line was 45.5%, while 9.8% of Mexicans are destitute. Tragically, these figures represent 53.3 million people and 11.5 million people, respectively.
CONEVAL's calculation includes factors such as per capita income, access to education, healthcare, food and the quality of housing.

The poorest of México’s 32 states (including the Federal District) was the remote southern state of Chiapas, where nearly 75% of residents were living below the poverty line and more than 32% were destitute.

In Nuevo León, which borders Texas, 23.2% of the population had household incomes below the poverty threshold.

COMMENT: CONEVAL sets the poverty line at the level of income necessary to buy food and other everyday necessities.

People classified as destitute lack the money for a secure supply of food.

Roughly 50% of the Mexican population is thought to subsist on the equivalent of US$4 a day or less.

Unlike countries in the US and Canada, the demographics in México has a much smaller middle class while a large number of Mexicans are considered to be among the super-rich, even when compared to the US and Canada.