Rocinha growth since 1940

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This is a map of Rocinha’s evolution in terms of territorial occupation, from the 1940s til 2005.

A note on the yellow section. “From 1950 to 1960 alone, the favela’s growth spiked, showing a populational increase of 228% (from 4,513 to 14,793 inhabitants), with a housing increase of 912% (from 307 to 3,017).” – Source: União Pró-Melhoramentos dos Moradores da Rocinha, 1983

Upon checking those percentages against the numbers, they don’t seem to add up exactly, but close enough. It’s also important to understand that any census on Rocinha’s population should be treated with suspicion due to the huge difference between official and unofficial populational estimates. The graphic above just deals in land occupation and thus it can perhaps be more easily verified.

Other sites confirm the residential explosion,

“Rocinha’s fastest growth occurred during the 1950s and 1960s; largely influenced by the destruction of several nearby favelas, the continuation of the rural to urban exodus, and the real-estate boom in the surrounding upper-class neighbourhoods.” – Source

PS – As a reference for Rocinha today, here’s a neighborhood map (source).

3 thoughts on “Rocinha growth since 1940

  1. Hey! Your blog is beautiful! I’m a Rocinha local resident. My family is here for 4 generations. I’m very interested in how you learned so much about here! I’m an English teacher and tour guide here. And I’d like to know better about you and your relation to Rocinha. Can we keep in touch?

    Erik Martins

    • Hi Erik, thanks for the nice comment. This is my old blog. I’ve since moved it to but to answer your question, I lived for a few months in Rocinha, in November 2011, right when it became “pacified”. Then I went to Vidigal, then to Galo. There should be several posts on my blog about Rocinha and its history. Actually, I used to give tours of Rocinha, too, to journalists, so it helped a lot having lived there and knowing the history. You can always reach me at my new blog and I’m happy to answer other questions.

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