State Government of Rio Grande do Sul
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Urbanization Rate

Around 85% of the population of RS live in urban areas

Until the mid-60s Brazil was a predominantly agricultural country, with an urbanization rate of less than 45%. Thereafter this rate only increased, reaching 84.4% in 2010.

Following Brazilian tendency, in mid-1950s, Rio Grande do Sul already had a sharp increase in the number of urban dwellers. Until that decade, the State's urbanization rate varied between 34.1% and 44.9%, still predominating a higher proportion of rural population. In the following decade, the highest proportion was of urban population.

Since then, the state population has been gradually concentrating in cities. According to data of the 2010 Population Census, at present 85.1% of the state population live in urban areas.

Among the COREDEs – Conselhos Regionais de Desenvolvimento (Regional Councils of Development), the highest urbanization rates are in Vale do Rio dos Sinos and Metropolitano (rates above 90%), and the lowest are in Alto da Serra do Botucaraí, Médio Alto Uruguai and Celeiro (rates below 60%).

Evolution of the population of RS by household location – 1940 to 2010
Graphic Population Urban Rural

Source: IBGE - Censo Demográfico

Urbanization rate by COREDEs - 2010
tab Urbanization Rate by COREDEs

Source: IBGE - Censo Demográfico

Socioeconomic Atlas of Rio Grande do Sul