The national poverty headcount ratio has declined from 8.9 percent in 2009/10 to 6.7 percent in 2012/13.
The poverty headcount ratio is the proportion of a population that exists below the 'poverty line'.
The poverty headcount ratios are calculated by using Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) data. The Department of Census and Statistics conducts this survey once in three years and the latest survey was in 2012/13.
The latest HIES had been able to cover all 25 districts since its inception.
Poverty headcount ratios were lower in 18 districts in 2012/13 when compared with 2009/10, stated the Department of Census and Statistics.
Mannar, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts were successfully covered for the first time since the inception of the survey. The lowest HCR (1.4%) was reported from Colombo district, while the highest HCR (28.8%) was reported from Mullaitivu district.