Recife population over time

After doing the Tweet of the Day post a month ago, I thought about doing other posts like it. The only problem is there isn’t always a “tweet of the day” that is worthy of the mention, so I’ll have to do it every once in a while. So, anything I find interesting or funny, and which doesn’t turn into its own longer post, I’ll post the tweet (though I can’t promise it will be short…case in point).

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“Recife has 1 million inhabitants since 1970. Incidentally, it was the 3rd city in the country to hit this mark (after SP and Rio).”

Recife actually has roughly 1.6 million inhabitants as of 2013. As we can see below, between 1872 and 1970, the population of the city grew 12x larger. From 1970 to 2010, it only grew 1.5x larger (however, if it followed the trend of the 100 years prior, it would now have 12 million inhabitants (the same size as the city of São Paulo today). As history, and the data below shows, both Rio and São Paulo were the current size of Recife way back in the 1930s and 1940s.

Imagining if Recife were the size of São Paulo today, I’d think it would be a city known internationally as a technology and shipping hub, in the same sense that São Paulo is known as a financial center. As Antônio Nóbrega said once (if I’m not mistaken it was him), “imagine what Pernambuco would be today if the Pernambucan Revolt had been successful.”

The number of inhabitants of Recife over time, versus that of São Paulo and Rio, is as follows:

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