Figure 2.11 Rural poverty rate, by province, 2017
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Source: National Bureau of Statistics, Poverty Monitoring Report of Rural China, 2018
In 2017, 53.6 per cent of the rural poor population is concentrated in the western region, with a total number of 16.34 million. There are seven provinces each with a poverty population of over 2 million. Guizhou has the largest poverty population, with 2.95 million. Xinjiang has the highest poverty rate, which is 9.9 per cent. Gansu, Guizhou, Tibet and Yunnan also have a poverty rate above 7 per cent. The average poverty rate in western rural areas in 2017 was 5.6 per cent, much higher than in the eastern and central regions.