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An overview of the Thai provinces with the most and the least poor among the population

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An overview of the Thai provinces with the most and the least poor among the population

The number of “targeted poor” in Thailand has risen to 1,025,782 people by 2022, an increase of 42,466 people since 2019, findings published by the Thai People Map and Analytics Platform, the TPMAP.

The term “targeted poor” refers to those who are registered as state health cardholders and have priority for government assistance.

The platform said it based its estimates on data collected from 36.1 million people registered with the community’s development department. The data showed that 3.4 million people were classified as poor according to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

It then referred this group to those who registered as state health cardholders and finally came to 1,025,782 as the number of “targeted poor”.

The MPI uses five core indicators to measure poverty levels: health, living conditions, education, income and access to government services.

The TPMAP also listed 10 provinces with the highest numbers of poor in Thailand:

1. Chiang Mai – 52,928 poor people, or 5.36 per cent of the province’s population.
2. Buriram – 45,356, or 4.41 per cent.
3. Chiang Rai – 42,140, ​​or 5.42 per cent.
4. Nakhon Si Thammarat – 36,941, or 4.3 per cent.
5. Udon Thani – 36,931 or 3.7 per cent.
6. Nan – 35,949, or 10.97 per cent.
7. Phetchabun – 35,548, or 5 per cent.
8. Nakhon Ratchasima – 32,144, or 1.87 per cent.
9. Chaiyaphum – 29,845, or 3.64 percent.
10. Si Sa Ket – 28,892 or 3.08 per cent.

The provinces with the least number of poor:

  1. Trat – 706 poor people, or 0.58 per cent of the province’s population.
    2. Samut Songkhram – 920, or 0.75 percent.
    3. Nakhon Pathom – 1.493, or 0.3 per cent.
    4. Nakhon Nayok – 2,110, or 1.29 percent.
    5. Uthai Thani – 2,217, or 1.04 per cent.
    6. Ranong – 2,427 or 2.07 per cent.
    7. Amnat Charoen – 2,473, or 1.03 percent.
    8. Chonburi – 2,706, or 0.51 percent.
    9. Singburi – 2,711, or 2.02 per cent.
    10. Rayong – 2,833, or 0.78 per cent.

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