Population in Urban Area, now
Population in City Area, 2019-07-12
Sao Paulo Urban Area Population Graph
Sao Paulo Population Review
Located on a plateau of the Brazilian Highlands, Sao Paulo is the largest city of Brazil. It has one of the fastest-growing populations in the Southern Hemisphere and it is one of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the world. As of 2019, it is estimated that there were 21.8 million people living in Sao Paulo’s urban area.
In the past 70 years, Sao Paulo’s population has ballooned, growing from around 2.3 million to its current population of 21.8 million. This is an astronomical increase of 836%. The Greater Sao Paulo area covers a total of 7,951 square km and the city area is 1,493 square km. Within the city area itself, there are 10,021,295 people at a population density of 7,216 people per square kilometer.
81% of Brazil’s population lives in urban areas
Much of Brazil is sparsely populated and almost 57% of the country is covered by the Amazon rainforest. On average, the country has a population density of 24.66 people per square kilometers, which is quite low. Out of the 211 million or so people living in Brazil, 81% of the country’s population lives in urban areas. Most of these people are split between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.
An ethnically diverse city
Sao Paulo has one of the largest immigrant communities in Brazil. When slavery was abolished from the city in 1888, Sao Paulo began to receive waves of immigrants from Europe. In ten short years, Italians accounted for 50% of Sao Paulo’s population, followed shortly by Japanese, Korean, and Chinese immigrants. That influx of immigration continues to show in the city, with 81% of students currently attending the University of São Paulo identifying as being descended from foreign immigrants.
Cars, cars, and more cars
Sao Paulo’s transit system lacks in infrastructure, which means that residents get around mostly by car. In fact, the city has some 7 million personal vehicles on its streets. This is unusual for a large city and causes quite the headaches. People living in Sao Paulo suffer through crazy traffic jams, with drivers in the city spending an average of 102 hours per year stuck in traffic. This overabundance of cars doesn’t help Sao Paulo’s already polluted air space. Experts have stated that poor air quality in Sao Paulo kills more people than breast cancer, AIDS, and car accidents combined. On average, 4,600 people die each year as a result of air pollution.