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This is a list of the largest cities in Brazilmarker. Brazil has a relatively high reported level of urbanization, with 8 out of every 10 Brazilians living in cities. The criteria used by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) in determining whether households are urban or rural, however, is based on political divisions, not on the built environment.

A town is any seat of a district (the lowest political division); a city is the seat of a municipality. Nowadays, the country has more than 5,564 municipalities. About 81.3% of Brazilians live in an urban area.

State capitals are also each the largest city in its state, the exceptions being Vitória in Espírito Santo, and Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarinamarker; there are also non-capital metropolitan areas in São Paulo (Campinasmarker, Santosmarker, Paraíba Valley), Minas Geraismarker (Vale do Aço), Rio Grande do Sul (Sinos Valley), and Santa Catarina (Joinville & Itajaí Valley). Most of the non-capital large cities in Brazil are in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina and Paranámarker.

Few of the principal Brazilian cities are planned cities; the most famous of these is a city called Brasíliamarker, which represents the Modernist school of architecture and urbanism.

Top 100 most populous cities



This list of the 100 most populous cities is based on the population of the município where the city is located, rather than its metropolitan area.

IBGE estimatives of 2009


State capitals are in bold


Rank City State Population
1 São Paulomarker 11.037.593
2 Rio de Janeiromarker 6.186.710
3 Salvadormarker 2.998.056
4 Brasíliamarker 2.606.885
5 Fortalezamarker 2.505.552
6 Belo Horizontemarker 2.452.617
7 Curitibamarker 1.851.215
8 Manausmarker 1.738.641
9 Recifemarker 1.561.659
10 Belémmarker 1.437.600
11 Porto Alegremarker 1.436.123
12 Guarulhosmarker 1.299.283
13 Goiâniamarker 1.281.975
14 Campinasmarker 1.064.669
15 São Luísmarker 997.098
16 São Gonçalomarker 991.382
17 Maceiómarker 936.314
18 Duque de Caxiasmarker 872.762
19 Nova Iguaçumarker 865.089
20 São Bernardo do Campomarker 810.979
21 Natalmarker 806.203
22 Teresinamarker 802.537
23 Campo Grande 755.107
24 Osascomarker 718.646
25 João Pessoamarker 702.235
26 Jaboatão dos Guararapesmarker 687.688
27 Santo Andrémarker 673.396
28 Uberlândiamarker 634.345
29 Contagemmarker 625.393
30 São José dos Camposmarker 615.871
31 Feira de Santanamarker 591.707
32 Sorocabamarker 584.313
33 Ribeirão Pretomarker 563.107
34 Cuiabámarker 550.562
35 Aracajumarker 544.039
36 Juiz de Foramarker 526.706
37 Aparecida de Goiânia 510.770
38 Londrina 510.707
39 Ananindeua 505.512
40 Belford Roxomarker 501.544
41 Joinvillemarker 497.331
42 Niteróimarker 479.384
43 São João de Meritimarker 469.827
44 Betimmarker 441.748
45 Campos dos Goitacazesmarker 434.008
46 São José do Rio Pretomarker 419.632
47 Mauámarker 417.458
48 Santosmarker 417.098
49 Vila Velhamarker 413.548
50 Caxias do Sul 410.166
51 Florianópolismarker 408.161
52 Serra 404.688
53 Diademamarker 397.738
54 Olindamarker 397.268
55 Carapicuíbamarker 392.701
56 Campina Grandemarker 383.764
57 Porto Velhomarker 382.829
58 Mogi das Cruzesmarker 375.268
59 Piracicabamarker 368.843
60 Macapámarker 366.484
61 Cariacicamarker 365.859
62 Montes Clarosmarker 363.227
63 Baurumarker 359.429
64 Itaquaquecetubamarker 359.253
65 Jundiaímarker 349.929
66 Ribeirão das Nevesmarker 349.307
67 Pelotasmarker 345.181
68 Anápolismarker 335.960
69 Maringámarker 335.511
70 Caucaiamarker 334.364
71 Canoasmarker 332.056
72 Francamarker 330.938
73 São Vicentemarker 330.795
74 Foz do Iguaçumarker 325.137
75 Vitóriamarker 320.156
76 Paulistamarker 319.373
77 Vitória da Conquista 318.901
78 Petrópolismarker 315.119
79 Ponta Grossamarker 314.681
80 Guarujámarker 308.058
81 Rio Brancomarker 305.954
82 Blumenaumarker 299.416
83 Caruarumarker 298.501
84 Uberabamarker 296.261
85 Cascavelmarker 296.254
86 Petrolinamarker 285,339
87 Suzanomarker 284.356
88 Limeiramarker 281.583
89 São José dos Pinhais 279.297
90 Santarémmarker 276.665
91 Taubatémarker 273.426
91 Baruerimarker 270.173
93 Gravataímarker 269.446
94 Santa Mariamarker 268.969
95 Boa Vistamarker 266.901
96 Governador Valadaresmarker 263.274
97 Volta Redondamarker 261.403
98 Viamãomarker 260.740
99 Novo Hamburgomarker 257.746
100 Juazeiro do Nortemarker 249.829


Largest metropolitan areas

Currently, , IBGE officially recognizes 15 major RMs (Região Metropolitana; Metropolitan Region in English), where approximately 32% of the Brazilian population (55 million people out of 180 million) live. These RMs are responsible for approximately half of the Brazilian GDP and more than 70% of the Brazilian annual industrial production.

IBGE estimatives of 2007, 2008 and 2009




Rank Metropolitan Area State Population
1 São Paulo 19,889,559 3
2 Rio de Janeiro 11,902,701 2
3 Belo Horizontemarker 5,397,438 2
4 Porto Alegremarker 4,063,886 3
5 Salvadormarker 3,866,004 2
6 Recifemarker 3,768,902 3
7 Fortalezamarker 3,602,319 2
8 Brasíliamarker , and 3,451,549 1
9 Curitibamarker 3,172,357 1
10 Campinasmarker 2,633,523 1
11 Belémmarker 2,249,405 2
12 Goiâniamarker 2,102,097 3
13 Manausmarker 2,042,185 3
14 Vitóriamarker 1,624,837 1
15 Baixada Santistamarker 1,606,863 1
16 Natalmarker 1,312,123 1
17 São Luísmarker 1,211,270 1
18 Maceiómarker 1,160,393 3
19 João Pessoamarker 1,146,461 3
20 Teresinamarker and 1,116,303 2
21 Cuiabámarker 815,392 2
22 Petrolinamarker and Juazeiro and 812,515 1
23 Aracajumarker 794,475 3
24 Londrina 766,682 3
25 Maringámarker 570,094 2
26 Juazeiro do Nortemarker 554,945 2
27 Macapámarker 463,704 2
28 Vale do Aço 449,340 2
29 Imperatrizmarker 334,650 2


References

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