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List of largest cities in Brazil

Population distribution in Brazil.

Brazil has a high level of urbanization: 82 out of every 100 Brazilians live in cities. The criteria used by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) in determining whether households are urban or rural, however, are based on political divisions, not on the built environment.

Nowadays, the country has more than 5,570 municipalities.[1] About 87.86% of Brazilians live in urban areas.[2]

The state capitals are also the largest cities in their respective states, exceptions being Florianópolis (which is the capital and the second largest city of Santa Catarina state after Joinville) and Vitória (which is the capital but only the fourth largest city of Espírito Santo state). There are also non-capital metropolitan areas in São Paulo (Campinas, Santos, Paraíba Valley), Minas Gerais (Vale do Aço), Bahia (Feira de Santana), Rio Grande do Sul (Sinos Valley), Santa Catarina (Joinville, Itajaí Valley), among others. Most of the non-capital large cities in Brazil are in the states of São Paulo (21), Rio de Janeiro (7), Minas Gerais (7), Pernambuco (5), Paraná (4), Rio Grande do Sul (3) and Espírito Santo (3).

Contents

Most populated cities in BrazilEdit

 
1 – São Paulo
 
3 – Salvador
 
4 – Brasília
 
5 – Fortaleza
 
7 – Manaus
 
8 – Curitiba
 
9 – Recife
 
11 – Belém
 
12 – Goiânia

This is a list of the most populous cities based on the population of the municipality where the city is located, rather than its metropolitan area. As IBGE considers the entire Federal District synonymous to Brasília, the population of the Federal District is shown for Brasília.

IBGE estimates of 1 July 2014[3]
State capitals are in bold. The first rank tells the list of largest cities in Brazil, the second rank is by state capitals and the third by non-capitals. Palmas is the only state capital not listed.
Overall
rank
Rank among
capitals
Rank among
non-capitals
City State Population
1 1 São Paulo   São Paulo 11,895,893
2 2 Rio de Janeiro   Rio de Janeiro 6,453,682
3 3 Salvador   Bahia 2,902,927
4 4 Brasília   Distrito Federal 2,852,372
5 5 Fortaleza   Ceará 2,571,896
6 6 Belo Horizonte   Minas Gerais 2,491,109
7 7 Manaus   Amazonas 2,020,301
8 8 Curitiba   Paraná 1,864,416
9 9 Recife   Pernambuco 1,608,488
10 10 Porto Alegre   Rio Grande do Sul 1,472,482
11 11 Belém   Pará 1,432,844
12 12 Goiânia   Goiás 1,412,364
13 1 Guarulhos   São Paulo 1,312,197
14 2 Campinas   São Paulo 1,154,617
15 13 São Luís   Maranhão 1,064,197
16 3 São Gonçalo   Rio de Janeiro 1,031,903
17 14 Maceió   Alagoas 1,005,319
18 4 Duque de Caxias   Rio de Janeiro 878,402
19 15 Natal   Rio Grande do Norte 862,044
20 16 Campo Grande   Mato Grosso do Sul 853,622
21 17 Teresina   Piauí 840,600
22 5 São Bernardo do Campo   São Paulo 811,489
23 6 Nova Iguaçu   Rio de Janeiro 806,177
24 18 João Pessoa   Paraíba 780,738
25 7 Santo André   São Paulo 707,613
26 8 Osasco   São Paulo 693,271
27 9 São José dos Campos   São Paulo 681,036
28 10 Jaboatão dos Guararapes   Pernambuco 680,943
29 11 Ribeirão Preto   São Paulo 658,059
30 12 Uberlândia   Minas Gerais 654,681
31 13 Contagem   Minas Gerais 643,476
32 14 Sorocaba   São Paulo 637,187
33 19 Aracaju   Sergipe 623,766
34 15 Feira de Santana   Bahia 612,000
35 20 Cuiabá   Mato Grosso 575,480
36 16 Joinville   Santa Catarina 554,601
37 17 Juiz de Fora   Minas Gerais 550,710
38 18 Londrina   Paraná 543,003
39 19 Aparecida de Goiânia   Goiás 511,323
40 20 Ananindeua   Pará 499,776
41 21 Niterói   Rio de Janeiro 495,470
42 21 Porto Velho   Rondônia 494,013
43 22 Campos dos Goytacazes   Rio de Janeiro 480,648
44 23 Belford Roxo   Rio de Janeiro 479,386
45 24 Serra   Espírito Santo 476,428
46 25 Caxias do Sul   Rio Grande do Sul 470,223
47 26 Vila Velha   Espírito Santo 465,690
48 22 Florianópolis   Santa Catarina 461,524
49 27 São João de Meriti   Rio de Janeiro 460,711
50 30 Mauá   São Paulo 448,776
51 23 Macapá   Amapá 446,757
52 28 São José do Rio Preto   São Paulo 438,354
53 29 Santos   São Paulo 433,565
54 31 Mogi das Cruzes   São Paulo 419,839
55 32 Betim   Minas Gerais 412,003
56 33 Diadema   São Paulo 409,613
57 34 Campina Grande   Paraíba 402,912
58 35 Jundiaí   São Paulo 397,965
59 36 Maringá   Paraná 391,698
60 37 Montes Claros   Minas Gerais 390,212
61 38 Carapicuíba   São Paulo 390,073
62 39 Olinda   Pernambuco 388,821
63 40 Piracicaba   São Paulo 388,412
64 41 Cariacica   Espírito Santo 378,915
65 42 Bauru   São Paulo 364,562
66 24 Rio Branco   Acre 363,928
67 43 Anápolis   Goiás 361,991
68 44 São Vicente   São Paulo 353,040
69 25 Vitória   Espírito Santo 352,104
70 45 Caucaia   Ceará 349,526
71 46 Itaquaquecetuba   São Paulo 348,739
72 47 Caruaru   Pernambuco 342,328
73 48 Pelotas   Rio Grande do Sul 342,053
74 49 Vitória da Conquista   Bahia 340,199
75 50 Canoas   Rio Grande do Sul 339,979
76 51 Franca   São Paulo 339,461
77 52 Ponta Grossa   Paraná 334,535
78 53 Blumenau   Santa Catarina 334,002
79 54 Petrolina   Pernambuco 326,017
80 55 Paulista   Pernambuco 319,769
81 56 Ribeirão das Neves   Minas Gerais 319,310
82 57 Uberaba   Minas Gerais 318,813
83 26 Boa Vista   Roraima 314,900
84 58 Cascavel   Paraná 309,259
85 59 Guarujá   São Paulo 308,989

Brazil's population, as recorded by the 2010 Census, was of 190,755,799 inhabitants[4] (22.40 inhabitants per square kilometer), with 84.36% of the population defined as urban. The population is heavily concentrated in the Southeast (80,4 million) and Northeast (53.1 million).

Other citiesEdit

14 - Campinas 
19 - Natal 
26 - Osasco 
32 - Sorocaba 
36 - Maringá 
38 - Londrina 
41 - Niterói 
47 - Vila Velha 
53 - Santos 
65 - Bauru 
69 - Vitória 
78 - Blumenau 

Largest metropolitan areasEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Territorial units of the municipality level" (in Portuguese). Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Urban population as % of total". The World Bank. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 2014 Estimates of Population 
  4. ^ "2010 Census first final results: Brazil has a population of 190,755,799 residents". IBGE.gov.br.  line feed character in |title= at position 45 (help)

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