Marcelo Possato

Marcelo Possato

Staff Writer
The Brazil Business


Rank of 15 Safest Neighbourhoods In São Paulo

Marcelo Possato

Marcelo Possato

Staff Writer
The Brazil Business


São Paulo is not only the capital with the largest population in Brazil, but also, the economic centre of the country. In the following article, we will take a look at the 15 safest neighborhoods in São Paulo.


São Paulo is already established as the economic centre of Brazil. Once the economy starts to grow in one area, jobs tend to be generated leading to a high population density. Because of this, crime rates tend to rise. This could be considered as a negative side of economic growth.

Another aspect to consider is that the city of São Paulo presents huge social inequality. It explains some of the reasons for violence and the difference between neighborhoods in terms of sanitation, security and structure.

The population factor as well as the dimension of São Paulo make it the city with the largest number of districts in Brazil. With the variety it has, safety is likely to be an important aspect taken into account when choosing where to live, work or visit.

Ranking of the 15 Safest Neighborhoods in São Paulo

The following ranking published in 2013 was created based on the homicide rate in the districts located in the city of São Paulo.

1. Vila Formosa

  • Population: 66.066 inhabitants
  • 0 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • Increasingly becoming an attractive neighborhood

2. Parque da Móoca

  • Population: 62.466 inhabitants
  • 1,6 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • A favorite neighborhood for Italian immigrants

3. Monções

  • Population: 90.931 inhabitants
  • 2,2 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • A lot of business investment have recently been allocated to the district of Monções

4. Tatuapé

  • Population: 79.688 inhabitants
  • 2,5 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • Tatuapé district is the economic centre in the Eastern region of São Paulo city

5. Parque Bistrol

  • Population: 118.526
  • 2,5 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants

6. Vila Clementino

  • Population: 151.956 inhabitants
  • 2,6 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • In the last 20 years, Vila Clementino has presented a high growth due to investments and services made in the area

7. Alto da Móoca

  • Population: 36.752 inhabitants
  • 2,7 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • Another favourite neighbourhood among Italian immigrants, as well as Parque da Móoca.

8. Tucuruvi

  • Population: 146.563 inhabitants
  • 2,7 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • Tucuruvi has the small neighborhood of Jardim França, which is known for being safe and luxurious

9. Jardim Paulista

  • Population: 63.232 inhabitants
  • 3,2 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • A large number of tourists stay in the district
  • Many tourist events take place in the district of Jardim Paulista

10. Vila Diva

  • Population: 60.968 inhabitants
  • 3,3 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants

11. Belém

  • Population: 29.284 inhabitants
  • 3,4 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • This district was the first to develop industries in São Paulo

12. Pinheiros

  • Population: 111.187 inhabitants
  • 3,6 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • Pinheiros district has the 2nd highest HDI in the capital

13. Cidade Ademar

  • Population: 108.796 inhabitants
  • 3,7 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants

14. Pirituba

  • Population: 131.802 inhabitants
  • 3,8 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • This district is full of public squares, parks and has a diverse commerce
  • The first rugby team of São Paulo was from the district of Pirituba

15. Cambuci

  • Population: 128.031 inhabitants
  • 3,9 homicides per 100.000 inhabitants
  • The Cambuci district is one of a few that still has a reasonable price per square meter (approximately R$1300/m²)

It is interesting to notice that the largest part of the districts listed are predominantly residential and none of them are located in the centre of the town. The central areas tend to be more violent than the others, because of the flow of money and people. However, most of the neighborhoods that appear in the ranking are located in the southern region of São Paulo and is a good indication of the citizens’ preference when choosing where to live.