Poverty indicators going down in Poland: statistics office

In 2019, the financial situation of the households in Poland improved, which resulted in a decrease of poverty, including extreme poverty (from 5.4 percent to 4.2 percent), the Statistics Poland (GUS) reported.

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GUS emphasised that “the extreme decrease of poverty concerned especially households that are the most endangered, like those dependent on social benefits as well as families with at least three children under 18 years old, the inhabitants of the countryside and small towns.”

The number of households with at least three non-adult children and living in extreme poverty has decreased by around three percentage points, while those with only a single child – by 1.5 percentage points.

This situation resulted in a decrease in the level of extreme poverty among children and youth under 18 years old from 6 percent in 2018 to nearly 5 percent a year later.

In villages and small towns (up to 20,000 residents), the extreme poverty went down by around two percentage points, while in medium towns and cities (20,000-200,000) – by around one percentage point.

The level of poverty in the large cities (above 200,000 inhabitants) remained relatively the same. Around one percent of residents of large cities live in extreme poverty.

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