4,7% of Belarusians lived below the poverty line in the first quarter of 2020. Their per capita disposable incomes didn’t reach the minimum subsistence budget, that is, they were below BYN 250 (~$104 or €93).
The highest level of poverty is in the Brest (6,7%) and Gomel (6,6%) regions, and the lowest is in Minsk (0,9%), according to a sample household survey by living standards in the first quarter of 2020 by Belstat.
The census data for 2019 shows that there were about 90,3 thousand people in the Brest region below the poverty line, about 91,6 thousand people in the Gomel region, and about 18,2 thousand in the capital.
For comparison, in the Vitebsk region the level of poverty is 6,5% (about 73,8 thousand people), in Mogilev – 6,4% (about 65,6 thousand), Minsk — 3.7% (about 54,4 thousand) and in Grodno – 3,5% (about 35,9 thousand).
Per capita income is national income divided by population size. When calculating per capita income, all citizens are taken into account, including unemployed, pensioners, and minors. Per capita income must be distinguished from average salaries.
It is often used to measure a country’s standard of living.