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Poverty in Mexico is measured under parameters such as nutrition, clean water, shelter, education, health care, social security, quality and basic services in household, income and social cohesion. It is divided in two categories: Moderate poverty and Extreme poverty. Eight million live with less than $1.25 a day; 5.1 million live with less than $2.00 a day; 10.9 million live with less than $2.50 a day; 26.9 million Live with less than $4 a day; and 37.6 million live with less than $5.00 a day.
Mexico's wealth is unevenly distributed among its people where 10 percent of nation's wealthiest have 42.2 percent of all income and 10 percent of the nation's poorest have 1.3 percent of the remaining income.
53.4 percent of the rural population and 36.2 percent of the urban population has education below the 7th grade. 18.9 percent of the rural population and 8.9 percent of the urban population lacks any form of formal education.
Current figures estimate that at least 44.2 percent of the population lives under poverty. Of those, 33.7 live under a moderate state of poverty and at least 10.5 percent live under extreme poverty.
Mexico ranks 8th as nations with most number of poor. .
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