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The Poor in Bali

Latest Economic Survey Shows 6.63% of Balinese Living on Less that US$ 60 Cents per day.

(8/4/2007) Tempo Interaktif reports that the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) have classified 229 thousand Bali residents, or 6.63% of the island's entire population of 3.4 million as "poor."

Ida Komang Wisnu of the BPS stated that calculation of those officially deemed to be poor was based on the latest nation-wide economic survey.

The Ranks of the Poor in Bali are Growing

When compared to the number of the poor recorded in July 2005 when 228,400 Bali residents were grouped as "poor," the latest survey indicates a small increase in the ranks of Bali's impoverished.

What is Poor?

Currently the Government considers the poverty line as anyone with an income below Rp. 165,954 per month (approximately US$18). This means that only those earning less than US$0.60 per day were classified as "poor."