World Population

São Paulo Population


São Paulo population in 2021 is 22 Million, is the most populous city of Brazil and fourth largest populous city in the world. São Paulo's attraction lies in its people and its vibrant cultures, Situated in Southeastern Brazil, São Paulo is known for its unpredictable weather conditions and largest in South America. Brazil's most modern, cosmopolitan city has much to offer in addition to its outstanding cuisines. São Paulo city is one of the Southern Hemisphere's most dynamic landscapes, and you can follow your range in any number of directions. The city of São Paulo is capital to the state of the same name. São Paulo is home to a number of statues, parks, museums and galleries. São Paulo is both the name of a state, as well as, a city. São Paulo's climate is typically monsoon compared to Europe. Summer temperatures average between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius, while winters are between 11 and 23 degrees Celsius.

São Paulo city UN Urban Agglomeration Population Prospects - 1950 to 1935
YearSão Paulo Population
Source:, 1950 to 1935 São Paulo city Population(UA)

São Paulo Size and Population

São Paulo population in 2020 is 21,846,507 (21.8 Million), São Paulo Area city is 576 square miles (1,493, Greater São Paulo is 3,070 square miles (7,951, is cosmopolitan city and possesses significant ethnic minority communities including Italians, Japanese, Arab and Lebanese Christian neighbourhoods. There are 1.5 million people of Japanese origin living in SP.

São Paulo History

According to Thoughtco The first European settler in the area was João Ramalho, a Portuguese sailor who had been shipwrecked. He was the first to explore the area of São Paulo. Like many cities in Brazil, São Paulo was founded by Jesuit Missionaries. São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga was established in the year 1554 as a mission to convert Guainás natives to Catholicism. In 1556–1557 the Jesuits built the first school in the region. The town was strategically located, being between the ocean and fertile lands to the west, and it is also on the Tietê River. Thus, It became an official city in 1711. Gold was discovered in the state of Minas Gerais at the end of the seventeenth century, and subsequent explorations discovered precious stones there as well. The gold boom was felt in São Paulo and this gave to more opportunities. Some of the profits were invested in sugarcane plantations, which were quite profitable for a time. The great expansion of coffee cultivation in São Paulo state after 1880 instigated a massive immigration of Europeans mostly Italians but also many Portuguese, Germans, Spaniards and eastern Europeans. In the early 1900s other settlers came from Japan and the Middle East. Today more Japanese reside in São Paulo are larger than in any other community outside Japan, and Brazilians of Japanese extraction constitute a large proportion of the highly educated professionals. By the 1930s São Paulo’s growth was based on internal migration, primarily from northeastern Brazil and some from the interior of the state. This migration, which continued for decades, included many descendants of African slaves. By 1970, many Koreans and Bolivians had immigrated to the city. In 1940 the city had a population of about 1,300,000 and its suburbs more than 100,000. By 1960, however, the São Paulo population had tripled and that of the neighbourhood suburbs was about six times larger, moreover a second of suburbs had developed a population approaching 300,000. By the 1990s the growth of the city, with a population more than nine million residents, began to slow, but the expansion of the outlying areas of Greater São Paulo continued apace. Coffee was introduced to Brazil in 1727 and has a crucial part of the Brazilian economy ever since. São Paulo was one of the first cities to benefit from the coffee boom, becoming a center for coffee commerce in the 19th century. The coffee boom attracted São Paulo’s first wave of foreign immigrants after 1860, mostly poor Europeans (particularly Greek, Italian and Germans) seeking work, although they were soon followed by a number of Arabian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean immigrants. When slavery was outlawed in 1888, the need for workers only grew. São Paulo’s considerable Jewish community also was established around this time. By the time the coffee boom fizzled in the early 1900s, the Sao Paulo city had already branched out into other industries.

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