Sao Paulo lifestyle study

It’s the country’s biggest, richest city, but São Paulo ranks just 11th out of Brazil’s 26 state capitals (and Brasilia) as a place to live. The Fundação Getúlio Vargas, a business school, analysed quality-of-life data from about 48,000 families and produced a report that took 12 variables into account, including income levels, sanitation, pollution and violence. Brasilia was named the best urban environment, while Rio Branco in the north-west border state of Acre came last.
But São Paulo need not despair: the city was only about one point behind Rio de Janeiro, and unlike 13 other state capitals, it had a positive rather than negative evaluation. Paulistanos rated their city negatively for violence, but may not have taken into account the most recent crime statistics. From July to September this year murders fell 26%, to 584, compared with the same period last year.

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