About Sao Paulo
Situated 760 meters (2500 feet) above sea level, the city of São Paulo, in the state of the same name, occupies an area of approximately 1500 square kilometers (580 square miles), where almost two-thirds of the land is urbanized and the rest rural. These two areas are known as
Grande São Paulo (Greater São Paulo) and, with more than 15 million people, it has the largest population of any city in South America.
Pinheiros & Lapa
The old center, the suburbs, and a huge number of districts that make up this megalopolis all help to reveal the history of the city and its population. Initially inhabited by Native Americans and later by Portuguese colonists, the city received a considerable population...
Interesting Facts About Sao Paulo:
- The most populous city proper in the Americas, São Paulo has nearly 11 million inhabitants within its limits (and more cars than Rio de Janeiro has people).
- People from São Paulo city are known as paulistanos, while people from the interior of the state are called paulistas. Sampa is one of the city's nicknames.
- The city consumes approximately 1 million pizzas per day.
- Approximately 1 percent of the nation's GDP is concentrated on a two-kilometer avenue know as the Paulista. The thoroughfare is said to resemble love, as it starts in the neighborhood of Paraiso (paradise) and ends in Consolacao (consolation).
- The Santa Cecilia and Bras neighborhoods in downtown São Paulo have vegetation levels rivaling that of the Sahara desert.
- The 558-foot Mirante do Vale building near Vale do Anhangabau is the country's tallest skyscraper. The Torre Sigma, currently under construction in the southern part of the city, is expected to eclipse the Mirante's height.
- The city will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.
- Each May, the municipal government offers 24 consecutive hours of cultural activities. The event is called Virada Cultural.
- São Paulo is devoid of billboards. The Clean City law passed in 2006 outlaws any such "visual pollution."
- More people of Japanese descent live in São Paulo than in any other city outside of Japan.
- Folha de S.Paulo is the country's most circulated newspaper, with nearly 300,000 copies sold daily.
- Local football club Corinthians, favorite team of outgoing President Lula, has the highest grossing brand of all Brazilian soccer teams. Cross-town rival São Paulo Futebol Club's sells the second most merchandise.
More Sao Paulo descriptions
Now the largest metropolis in South America -- and, with 17 million people spread over 3,000 square miles, the third-largest city in the world -- São Paulo nevertheless sprang from humble beginnings. In 1554, Jesuit priests founded a mission on a small hill, strategically close to the River Tietê. The mission developed into a small trading post and then, in the 17th and early 18th century, into a jumping-off point for Bandeirante expeditions traveling into the interior. In 1711 the little market town was incorporated as the city of São Paulo. The seeds of its future prosperity showed up just 12 years later with the arrival of the first coffee plants in Brazil.