Jacareacanga: the Brazilian city populated by decree

IBGE and the mayor’s office can’t agree on the city’s population.

At the end of last year, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) released the latest population estimates for Brazilian municipalities. Populations for one in every four cities have shrunk – a phenomenon that is more noticeable among municipalities of 20,000 or fewer inhabitants. Only 258 cities, out of 5,570, registered growth of at least two percent. Most barely grew.

While the census comes out every 10 years, these estimates are annual. They have been carried out since 1992, taking into consideration other data surveyed by IBGE itself.

Municipal population estimates are calculated from state population projections –...

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