Sunday, April 15, 2012

Brazil Shapefiles

Download Shapefiles of Brazilian municipalities and census tracts

These files are made available by The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)

obs. By the way, we have updated our Blogroll and  we have added new links to 'Online Databases' (on the right corner of the blog).

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Sarah Schoengold said...

Thanks for posting! I'm having trouble finding the shapefiles for (Rio de Janeiro specifically) to download by census tract. It seems some of the links aren't working any more. Do you have any tips on where to find the census tract shapefiles for Rio?

Rafael Pereira said...

Hi Sarah, I have just realized that the link in post was broken. I've updated the link. The shape file Rio's census tracts is this one:

Sarah Schoengold said...

Amazing, thank you so much Rafael! I'm doing a graduate research project about transportation/access from some regions to the city center. I'm having trouble finding data such as population per census tract. I'm finding it hard because I'm not a Portuguese speaker. Do you have any tips on where to look for census-tract level data?

Rafael Pereira said...

I'm also working with transport accessibility in my PhD research. What I did was to combine population data from IBGE's population grid of 200 x 200 meters (population count) with social and economic data from Human Development Units (HDU) developed by Ipea et al using data from the census.

I give more detail about the data sources and methods in this preprint and in this paper

IBGE's population grid data can be found here:

socioeconomic data for the Human Development Units can be found here:

Khy said...

I just want to say thank you so much for posting this. I am working on a grad. research project about crime rates in Sao Paulo, Brazil and was having trouble locating shapefiles, after some serious scrubbing of the internet I came across this page. Do you know where I can locate census tract shapefiles specifically for Sao Paulo?

Rafael Pereira said...

Hi Khy, I've updated the links so one can find the shapefiles of both municipalities and census tracts. I hope it helps.