Subdivisions of São Paulo

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The city of São Paulo in Brazil is a large metropolitan city that has several levels of subdivision. Administratively, the municipality is divided into 32 boroughs, each in turn divided into 96 wards (distritos, or districts). Locally, wards may contain one or more neighborhoods (bairros).

Administrative Zones[edit]

The subprefectures are officially grouped into nine regions (or "zones"), taking into account their geographical position and history of occupation. These regions are used only in technical and governmental agencies and are not identified by any visual communication in the city.

Administrative Zones of São Paulo
Map Zone Population Area
Official Administrative Zones of São Paulo. est. 2008 in km²
Central 328,597 31
Northwest 1,007,691 144
Northeast 1,181,582 152
East 1 1,212,099 140
East 2 1,342,924 68,8
Southeast 1,494,770 128
South 2,346,913 607
South-Central 715,910 74
West 872,817 128
10,940,311 1509


Boroughs in São Paulo are governed by regional prefectures (until 2016 named subprefeituras) created—at least in theory—to give more financial autonomy to local governments. There are 32 subprefectures.

Regional prefecture
1 Aricanduva SP Subprefectures.gif 17 M'Boi Mirim
2 Butantã 18 Mooca
3 Campo Limpo 19 Parelheiros
4 Capela do Socorro 20 Penha
5 Casa Verde 21 Perus
6 Cidade Ademar 22 Pinheiros
7 Cidade Tiradentes 23 Pirituba-Jaraguá
8 Ermelino Matarazzo 24 Santana-Tucuruvi
9 Freguesia-Brasilândia 25 Santo Amaro
10 Guaianases 26 São Mateus
11 Ipiranga 27 São Miguel Paulista
12 Itaim Paulista 28 Sapopemba
13 Itaquera 29
14 Jabaquara 30 Vila Maria-Vila Guilherme
15 Jaçanã-Tremembé 31 Vila Mariana
16 Lapa 32 Vila Prudente


Wards in São Paulo, called Distritos (districts), are subdivisions of the boroughs, without a self-government.

Districts of the city of São Paulo


Some districts are further divided into bairros, which are the equivalent of neighborhoods in English.

Geographic areas[edit]

The city of São Paulo recognizes ten geographical areas used to reference locations in the city. These zones were established by dividing the city radially from the center and each is represented by a different color that is used on city buses and street signs. The only criterion used for this division is geographic boundaries (roads, rivers, etc.), having no relation whatsoever to the administrative divisions. Some districts can be partly in one geographic area, and partly in another.

Geographic Areas of the city of São Paulo
  Historical center
  Expanded center