A recent report shows that the number of poor people in Brazil that live in favelas (slums) has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. In 2000 there were approx. 6.5 million people living in favelas in Brazil. In 2010 the number increased to 11.4 million. Despite Brazil's strong economic growth in the last few years, the number of poor people continues to grow. At the same time, the number of rich people in Brazil is growing as well, although not as quickly. Brazil is truly a place full of contradictions.
Rio de Janeiro leads the nation in the number of people living in favelas with nearly 1.4 million. That is 22% of the 6.3 million residents living in the city, which is a staggering number. Sao Paulo is the city with the 2nd largest population living in favelas with nearly 1.3 million.