Poverty and Hardship

The Division conducts a Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) every 5 to 7 years. There have been four (4) HIES surveys conducted in the FSM – in 1988, 1998, 2005 and 2013. Only the results of the latter three surveys were analyzed and a report produced.  Click on the below links to download the reports.

The information presented in the below tables is sourced from the 2013/14 HIES.

National poverty measures, 2013

wdt_ID Poverty lines Poverty line (per $ Daily) Poverty Gap (Depth) Squared Poverty Gap (Severity)
1 Food poverty line 1.8 4 2
2 Total poverty line 4.3 15 8

Incidence of poverty (headcount)

wdt_ID State Total Poverty Line Total Poverty Line % of Population Food Poverty Line Food Poverty Line % of Population
1 Yap 4,728 39.4 1,109 10.0
2 Chuuk 22,169 45.5 8,101 16.6
3 Pohnpei 14,463 39.2 956 2.6
4 Kosrae 1,210 21.0 0 0.0