Rio de Janeiro Facts, Population Count and Statistics (2021)

Here are a few of the most interesting Rio de Janeiro facts and statistics I was able to dig up including population counts. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Rio de Janeiro Facts

  • Website: Official Site
  • Geographical Location: Google Maps
  • Size: 486 square miles (1,221 square kilometers)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Continent: South America
  • Population Count: 6.45 million (2016)

Rio de Janeiro Time Zone(s):

Time zone Offset
Brasilia Time UTC -3
Brasilia Summer Time UTC -2

Rio de Janeiro Statistics

Rio is the second largest metro area in Brazil.

Rio is the 30th largest metro area in the world.

Number of neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro:

158 neighborhoods

Median annual income of Rio de Janeiro:

$10,500 (USD)

Last updated 2012

Estimated number of murders in Rio de Janeiro in 2015:

379 murders

Last updated 2010

Length of Rio’s coastline:

50 miles

Number of beaches in Rio:

72 beaches

Average annual precipitation in Rio de Janeiro:

43-60 inches

The first football (soccer) match in Brazil took place in Rio in 1894.

Largest religion in Rio de Janeiro:

Catholic (51%)

Last updated 2009

Number of people who the  Maracanã Stadium (2016 Olympic stadium) in Rio can hold:

74,738 spectators

Number of 2016 Summer Olympics tickets expected to be sold:

7.5 million tickets

Average number of annual tourists to Rio de Janeiro:

2.82 million annual tourists

Year of first Carnival festival in Rio de Janeiro:


Number of attendees to Rio’s Cordão da Bola Preta bloco Carnival parade:

2 million

Last updated 2012

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. A few of these Rio de Janeiro stats come from their own reports, but some are based on news reports and not official government tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.