Blessed with gorgeous beaches, scenic beauty, incredible food, and dynamic cities, Brazil is undoubtedly a beautiful country. Every year, more than 6 million tourists come to the country to admire its beauty. Unfortunately, not everyone leaves with their health and wealth intact. With high rates of robberies and assaults, not to mention one of the worst murder rates in the world, there is no question that Brazil is a dangerous country. Depending on where you live, you are also at risk of extreme poverty, poor job prospects, inadequate housing, and poor air quality. While there are many great places to live in the country, you would do well to avoid these 20 worst places to live in Brazil at all costs.
Maceió, a city where the murder rate is currently 79.76 per 100,000 residents, is off to a less than dazzling start. Although it is known for its chemical industry, job opportunities and prospects in the city are extremely slim, leading many to suffer extreme poverty or turn to crime in an effort to escape it. Corruption abounds, with the result that the police force is literally criminally underfunded. To top it all, the city is surrounded by some of the most desolate slums in the country.
19. Joao Pessoa
Only in appearances, Joao Pessoa is a beautiful place. Blessed with tropical beaches, a delightful juxtaposition of modernist architecture and historic buildings, and more green space than almost any other city in the world, it has all the qualities you would expect from a great place to live. So what’s so bad that it deserves a spot on our list? In short, homicides. With 79.41 homicides per 100,000 residents, this is not the kind of city that anyone with a healthy respect for safety would voluntarily decide to call home, no matter how beautiful the beaches are.
18. Centro do Guilherme
More than 95% of the population of the Centro do Guilherme lives in extreme poverty, which makes it the poorest city in the entire country. Unsurprisingly, amenities are almost non-existent, jobs are rarer than chicken teeth, and many people are forced to earn a living through prostitution and crime. If you have a choice on the subject, choose another place.
If what is needed to make a good place to live are good job opportunities, decent housing and abundant amenities, then Sobral has no chance. Jobs are scarce, amenities are non-existent, roads have more potholes than concrete, and gang violence is widespread. But for once, there is a silver lining. According to The Guardian, its schools have gone from being the worst in the country 15 years ago to the best today. While that won’t necessarily help the older generation, it at least means there is hope for the young.
As the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, you won’t expect Curitiba to be a small, bucolic backwater. And in fact, it is not. With just 2 million inhabitants, the city ranks as the eighth most populous metropolis in Brazil and the largest in the Southern Region of Brazil. Although rural areas in Brazil have their own problems, most organized crime tends to take place in the larger cities. With its high rate of violent and non-violent crime, Curitiba is no exception. Your problems don’t end there. According to corrosion-doctors.org, it also ranks as one of the most polluted cities in the country, making it as poor a home for those who care about air quality as it is for those who care about safety.
To be fair, the capital of Brazil has a lot to offer. It has the highest GDP per capita of any major city in Latin America, its creative urban planning and modernist architecture has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site and a UNESCO City of Design; its international airport connects to all other major Brazilian cities and numerous international cities, and has excellent schools and health care facilities. Unfortunately, it also has a high enough crime rate to make it a very dubious home option for those concerned about safety.
Go back a few decades and Rocinha became one of the safest favelas in Brazil. Those days are really gone. Now, the ongoing power struggle between the local drug wastelands and the police has made it the kind of place where no one is safe. Violence has gotten so bad in …