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Quality of Life in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Purchasing Power Index 38.49   Very Low
Safety Index 28.37   Low
Health Care Index 55.50   Moderate
Climate Index 96.67   Very High
Cost of Living Index 56.67   Low
Property Price to Income Ratio 19.09   Very High
Traffic Commute Time Index 46.36   High
Pollution Index 84.78   Very High
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 73.88   Moderate

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Last update: June 2017

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8 Comments so far

#Raymond L. on May 24, 2017 :
It's interesting to note that in decades past, Southern Brazil was considered a safe alternative to Rio and SP. I visited Porto Alegre in 2006 and found it to be a much calmer city than Sao Paulo. Unfortunately, things have deteriorated not only in Porto Alegre, but all over the state of Rio Grande Do Sul. Some say it's even more dangerous than Rio and SP now, or at the very least, just as dangerous. A real shame, as Southern Brazil is very unique with its own characteristics. Like someone else said, you're really not safe anywhere in Brazil anymore. Don't go there unless you really have to.
#Richard Brooks on Mar 09, 2017 :
Stay clear from brazil! Sao Paulo, one would think, would be the place to be. But this city is crowded, infrastructure is collapsing, healthcare is atrocious, violence is high. It even has the occasional bomb going off because someone decided to rob a bank.

I would say all that is limited to Sao Paulo, but I can not... It happens in all of brazil. And some cities are even worse than Sao Paulo, like Rio, to Maceio!
#Julian Moore on Jul 31, 2016 :
I lived in São Paulo for the past couple of years. I was disappointed with the city for a number of reasons. First, I didn't feel safe in São Paulo. You'll see that most homes and apartment building have electric fences and prison-style barbed wires. Some places even have watchtowers, exactly like prisons. Aesthetically speaking, this type of "decor" (never shown in real estate ads or architecture magazines) sends a clear message that São Paulo (and Brazil as a whole, because I saw the same prison-like security in other Brazilian cities too) is a very dangerous place to be. The pollution is terrible and the lack of decent parks astounding. The only one that comes to mind (Ibirapuera) is relatively small (compared to European and American parks) and very crowded. In my last visit, it was raining and the small river that runs through it had a broken sewer that made the water black and the air foul. The cost of living is similar to US and Europe, without the glamour or sophistication. You pay more for products and services of lower quality in settings that lack comfort and sophistication. I would pass up São Paulo. My fiancé still has family there and she wanted to be close to them. But after a couple of year and the economic chaos hitting Brazil at the moment, she realized that she had to let go of Brazil--and São Paulo. I'm glad we left. I have some good memories about the people I met, her family, some weekend at the beach, but for the most part, we are happy we left this ugly city behind. We lived in the Zona Sul, near Ibirapuera, considered to be one of the best neighborhoods of SP. I can't begin to imagine what life is like in the worst areas of the city if Zona Sul is the best they've got. Sorry if this sounds negative, but it is my honest opinion.
#Andrea on Apr 04, 2016 :
It's preety hard to live in Sao Paulo. Dangerous, many hours lost in traffic, and VERY EXPENSIVE: this site doesn't show many items we can't live without in Sao Paulo, such as private health insurance ( U$200/1 person/month), private school ( R$500 each child a month), and an apartment maintenace (U$500 for a 3 bedroom ).
The good things are the kindly people, good restaurants , famous concerts at the big stadium cities and, of course, the most beautifull sea shore I've ever seen.
#Fabio on Dec 08, 2015 :
Basically, São Paulo sucks your life energy when you live and work here, till you can't find forces to go out and enjoy leisure time.

The growing violence level is promoted by extreme social inequality along old and inefficient public safety politics. The Militar Police is one of the most violents in the world, is the same organization since the dictatorship, taught to protect and serve the interests of who has a certain amount of money on their bank accounts.

There's a lot of people living in street condition, the life cost is very expensive. Almost everything down here you have to pay. The public transportation lacks organization and infrastructure, the subway stations are extremely rarefied, information about buses it can only be found on websites. We still have bus points that are just a piece of wood, without any information of what bus lines passes on by.

The State of São Paulo, which holds the megalopolis, is facing the biggest hydric crisis caused by absence of investments in infrastructure and negligence and it will take probably more than 10 years to recover it. We are facing cuts from 6-10 hours without water supply each day, while the peripheral areas of the city may be days without water.

It's not easy to live here, but if you have money, it will be less harder.
#christina on Jan 06, 2014 :
hi Washington.L.F. when did you leave Auckland? Nine years ago? We are planning to live in Sao Paulo .... is that so bad ? I am half brazilian living in NZ for more than 10 years,but I cannot remember how bad it was living in Sao Paulo... my friends did say that things had improved but from your info it seems not... sad... what you reckon? thanks
#Washington.L.F on Dec 30, 2013 :
It's been 9 years years living here after leaving Auckland, NZ. I found extremely difficult to get used to life here: very polluted, high crime rate, stressful, shocking public health system, bladly planned city with very or no concern for nature at all. The very few public spaces like squares are full of homeless people, drug addicts or those involved in criminal activity, but that is to be "expected" in a cosmopolitan city like São Paulo. Cultural life is very vibrant with plenty of theaters, cinemas, musicals and dancing venues of all types. Brazilians are very hard working people and generally very kind. The economy has improved significantly in the last 15 years and the country is gradually coming to terms with the urgent need to have a better income (wealth) distribution among its people and become less politically corrupt. I thought that coming back here would be easy for me to adapt, but 12 years in another country can defenetely affect the way you see yourself and the world. There is no such thing as a perfect place!
#Cristine on Sep 10, 2013 :
This is Hell. Don't come here.