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Quality of Life in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Purchasing Power Index 38.90   Very Low
Safety Index 28.01   Low
Health Care Index 55.03   Moderate
Climate Index 99.04   Very High
Cost of Living Index 45.63   Very Low
Property Price to Income Ratio 20.83   Very High
Traffic Commute Time Index 51.26   High
Pollution Index 83.07   Very High
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 78.19   Moderate

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Last update: November 2018

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5 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.