Sao Paulo

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
80/265
Details
Large apartment$950.00
Medium apartment$770.00
Rent index [score]0.82
Small apartment$590.00

Cost of Living

7
76/248
Details
5km taxi ride$6.20
A Cappuccino$2.20
A beer$1.30
A kilogram of Apples$1.90
Bread$0.47
Inflation [score]0.71
Lunch$9.00
Monthly fitness club membership$56.00
Monthly public transport$56.00
Movie ticket$9.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$46.26

Startups

7
41/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups9
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.52
Coworking spaces [score]0.80
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co10
Meetups [score]0.88
Meetups groups197
Meetups members199460
Number of investors140
Number of startup events in the last 12 months633
Number of upcoming meetup events85
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events111
Startup events [score]0.74
Startups [score]0.81
Total number of startups410

Venture Capital

9
12/207
Details
Venture capital [score]0.87

Travel Connectivity

2
162/265
Details
Airport hub96
Airport hub [score]0.45

Commute

4
186/254
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Brazil/São_Paulo
Traffic handling [score]0.34

Business Freedom

3
256/263
Details
Business freedom61.40
Business freedom [score]0.38
Freedom from corruption43.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.35
Lack of labor restrictions52.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.32
Time to open a business79.50
Time to open a business [score]0.10

Safety

5
218/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.12
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year21
Guns per 100 residents8
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.42
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.69

Healthcare

5
224/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.54
Healthcare quality [score]0.57
Life expectancy (years)75.04
Life expectancy [score]0.50

Education

1
214/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of São Paulo
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test392.89
Country mean scores in PISA reading test410.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test404.71
PISA math ranking (high school)52
PISA ranking52
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.10
PISA reading (high school)44
PISA science (high school)49
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.67
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.49
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.54
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.00
University quality [score]0.12

Environmental Quality

2
249/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.17
Cleanliness [score]0.17
Drinking water quality [score]0.38
Urban greenery [score]0.23

Economy

2
252/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area3.13
Currency for urban areaBRL
GDP growth rate0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.17
GDP per capita$16096.32
GDP per capita [score]0.27

Taxation

3
232/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.10
Income tax level [score]0.45
Profit tax (% of profit)0.68
Time overhead to file company taxes2038
VAT (Sales Tax)0.42

Internet Access

4
201/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)22.00
Internet access (download) [score]0.44
Internet access (upload) [score]0.36
Upload speed (Mbps)7.59

Leisure & Culture

9
17/264
Details
Art galleries287
Art galleries [score]0.98
Cinemas253
Cinemas [score]0.95
Comedy clubs232
Comedy clubs [score]0.98
Concert venues354
Concerts [score]0.96
Historical sites307
Historical sites [score]0.87
Museums149
Museums [score]0.88
Performing art venues258
Performing arts [score]0.93
Sport venues307
Sports [score]0.94
Zoos96
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

7
144/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.60
LGBT Equality Index74.64
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.76
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.63

Outdoors

7
18/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.33
Median peak in meters890.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)773.00
Water access [score]1.00
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Costs of living

Costs of living in São Paulo are in the 76th place of all 248 Teleport cities and the second most expensive in Brazil. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$770$1,100
$950
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$56
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$25
Monthly public transport$56
Lunch$9
-45%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Sao Paulo are below average. For this job type, Sao Paulo ranks 177th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Sao Paulo.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$31,749
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

20%
For annual salary of $40000
24%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

42%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

74/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

253/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

8
Guns per 100 people
21.20
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

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People in Sao Paulo

Population of Sao Paulo

21,382,400
1,535 /km²
88/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Sao Paulo

Demographics of Brazil

Median age
32
Elderly people
8%
Life expectancy at birth
74
GDP per capita (in USD)
$16,096
211/262
Unemployment
9%
195/263

Languages

English proficiency score
51
197/228
Common spoken languages
Portuguese

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Software Engineer
11.32%
Founder
9.43%
Marketing Manager
6.92%
Web Developer
3.77%
Product Manager
3.14%
Graphic Designer
3.14%
Web Designer
2.52%
Other
59.75%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Sao Paulo

São Paulo (; Portuguese pronunciation: [sɐ̃ʊ̯ ˈpaʊ̯lʊ]; Saint Paul in English) is a municipality in the southeast region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city—as listed by the GaWC—and is the most populous city in Brazil as well as in the Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the largest in the Americas and Earth's 12th largest city proper by population. The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, one of 26 constituent states of the republic. It is the most populous and wealthiest city in Brazil. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city's metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese language-speaking city in the world.

Having the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere, the city is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Paulista Avenue is the economic core of São Paulo. The city has the 11th largest GDP in the world, representing alone 10.7% of all Brazilian GDP and 36% of the production of goods and services in the state of São Paulo, being home to 63% of established multinationals in Brazil, and has been responsible for 28% of the national scientific production in 2005. With a GDP of US$477 billions, the Sao Paulo city alone could be ranked 24th globally compared with countries. (2016 Estimates).

The metropolis is also home to several of the tallest skyscraper buildings in Brazil, including the Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália, Banespa, North Tower and many others. The city has cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Ibirapuera Park, Museum of Ipiranga, São Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language. The city holds events like the São Paulo Jazz Festival, São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo Fashion Week and the ATP Brasil Open. The São Paulo Gay Pride Parade rivals the New York City Pride March as the largest gay pride parade in the world. It is headquarters of the Brazilian television networks Band, Gazeta, Record and SBT.

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Good Country Index

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Overall ranking

Brazil
46th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

42nd

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

37th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

33rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

158th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

63rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

98th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

32nd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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