Brazil has more churches than schools and hospitals combined, Census shows

Brazil has more churches than schools and hospitals combined, Census shows
Brazil has more churches than schools and hospitals combined, Census shows
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The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) released data from the 2022 Demographic Census, this Thursday (2/2), which show that the country has more religious establishments than the combined total of educational and health institutions. On average, there are 286 churches for every 100 thousand inhabitants of the country. In the Federal District, 5,429 churches were registered, that is, 193 for every 100 thousand inhabitants.

For the first time, the agency mapped all the geographic coordinates and types of buildings that make up the 111 million addresses in Brazil. It is possible to consult, for example, the number of religious, health and educational establishments found by census takers in the municipalities.

The analysis shows that in Brazil there are 579.7 thousand religious establishments, that is, 286 for every 100 thousand inhabitants. As for schools, 264.4 thousand were registered, around 130 for every 100 thousand inhabitants, and health establishments are 247.5 thousand, equivalent to 122 for every 100 thousand inhabitants.

The northern states have the largest number of religious establishments for the population. There are 79,650 churches in the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins, equivalent to 459 for every 100 thousand inhabitants. The state of Acre has the highest proportion, there are 554 churches for every 100 thousand inhabitants.

On the other hand, the South region has the fewest churches proportional to the population, there are 226 for every 100 thousand, in the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Looking at health establishments, health municipalities are at the top, of the 10 cities with the highest presence of these addresses in terms of population, nine are in São Paulo. Brasília has registered 2279 hospitals and UBSs.

According to Census criteria, health establishments include hospitals, health posts and other public or private care units.

Among Brazilian municipalities, São José de Ribamar, in Maranhão, had the smallest presence of healthcare establishments. The proportion was one address of this type for each group of 3,176 inhabitants.

The article is in Portuguese

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