South America Cities by Population 2022

Although among the nations of South America, Buenos Aires in Argentina tops the list of most populous cities with its thirteen million residents, it is Brazil that features most heavily, with a total of nine cities in the top twenty. These include Sao Paulo, with a population of ten million, Rio de Janeiro (six million) and Salvador (2.7 million).

However, apart from the prevalence of Brazil, there is a good amount of diversity among the largest South American cities, with countries ranging from Peru and Colombia to Chile and Venezuela among the top ten – all have between three and seven million residents.

Brazil continues to dominate the mid-sized cities, such as Osasco (677,856), Teresina (744,512) and Sao Luis (917,237), although Argentina and Venezuela also feature quite heavily. There are certainly popular and well-known cities with relatively small populations – Valencia in Venezuela has 1.3 million residents, La Paz in Bolivia has a population of 812,799 and Argentina's La Plata has a population of 694,167.

Given its size, South America also has many much smaller cities with populations of under a quarter of a million. These include San Bernardo in Chile (249,858), Portoviejo in Ecuador (170,326) and Puno in Peru (116,552). The smallest city in South America is Tumaco in Colombia, with just 86,713 residents.

Name Country Population
Buenos AiresArgentina13,076,300
Sao PauloBrazil10,021,295
LimaPeru7,737,002
BogotaColombia7,674,366
Rio de JaneiroBrazil6,023,699
SantiagoChile4,837,295
CaracasVenezuela3,000,000
SalvadorBrazil2,711,840
FortalezaBrazil2,400,000
CaliColombia2,392,877
Belo HorizonteBrazil2,373,224
MaracaiboVenezuela2,225,000
BrasiliaBrazil2,207,718
La PazBolivia2,004,652
MedellinColombia1,999,979
GuayaquilEcuador1,952,029
Santa Cruz de la SierraBolivia1,831,434
MaracayVenezuela1,754,256
CuritibaBrazil1,718,421
ValenciaVenezuela1,619,470
ManausBrazil1,598,210
AsuncionParaguay1,482,200
RecifeBrazil1,478,098
CordobaArgentina1,428,214
BelemBrazil1,407,737
QuitoEcuador1,399,814
BarranquillaColombia1,380,425
Porto AlegreBrazil1,372,741
MontevideoUruguay1,270,737
RosarioArgentina1,173,533
GoianiaBrazil1,171,195
GuarulhosBrazil1,169,577
BarquisimetoVenezuela1,114,097
CampinasBrazil1,031,554
Nova IguacuBrazil1,002,118
MaceioBrazil954,991
CartagenaColombia952,024
Ciudad GuayanaVenezuela950,052
Sao LuisBrazil917,237
MendozaArgentina876,884
CochabambaBolivia841,276
ArequipaPeru841,130
Duque de CaxiasBrazil818,329
CallaoPeru813,264
San Miguel de TucumanArgentina781,023
NatalBrazil763,043
TrujilloPeru747,450
TeresinaBrazil744,512
Sao Bernardo do CampoBrazil743,372
Campo GrandeBrazil729,151
CucutaColombia721,398
JaboataoBrazil702,621
La PlataArgentina694,167
OsascoBrazil677,856
Santo AndreBrazil662,373
Joao PessoaBrazil650,883
Jaboatao dos GuararapesBrazil630,008
ContagemBrazil627,123
Ribeirao PretoBrazil619,746
Feira de SantanaBrazil619,609
Sao Jose dos CamposBrazil613,764
ChiclayoPeru577,375
BucaramangaColombia571,820
UberlandiaBrazil563,536
SorocabaBrazil558,862
Mar del PlataArgentina553,935
MaturinVenezuela529,376
CuiabaBrazil521,934
SaltaArgentina512,686
Aparecida de GoianiaBrazil510,770
Puente AltoChile510,417
BarcelonaVenezuela506,016
AracajuBrazil490,175
Santa FeArgentina489,505
LondrinaBrazil471,832
Juiz de ForaBrazil470,193
Belford RoxoBrazil466,096
JoinvilleBrazil461,304
NiteroiBrazil456,456
Sao Joao de MeritiBrazil454,849
San JuanArgentina447,048
PereiraColombia440,118
IquitosPeru437,620
AnanindeuaBrazil433,956
Santa MartaColombia431,781
Ciudad BolivarVenezuela431,481
CumanaVenezuela424,822
IbagueColombia421,685
FlorianopolisBrazil412,724
SantosBrazil411,403
Ribeirao das NevesBrazil406,802
Vila VelhaBrazil394,930
SerraBrazil394,153
BelloColombia392,939
DiademaBrazil390,633
Campos dos GoytacazesBrazil387,417
ResistenciaArgentina387,158
MauaBrazil386,069
BetimBrazil384,000
PastoColombia382,236
Caxias do SulBrazil381,270
HuancayoPeru376,657
Sao Jose do Rio PretoBrazil374,699
Puerto La CruzVenezuela370,000
OlindaBrazil366,754
PetareVenezuela364,684
CarapicuibaBrazil361,112
ManizalesColombia357,814
Santiago del EsteroArgentina354,692
BarinasVenezuela353,442
NeivaColombia352,855
Campina GrandeBrazil348,936
TurmeroVenezuela344,700
SoledadColombia342,556
PiracicabaBrazil342,209
CorrientesArgentina339,067
MacapaBrazil338,936
ItaquaquecetubaBrazil336,679
BauruBrazil335,024
Montes ClarosBrazil332,379
CanoasBrazil328,291
Mogi das CruzesBrazil325,746
PiuraPeru325,466
Sao VicenteBrazil324,457
PosadasArgentina323,739
VillavicencioColombia321,717
JundiaiBrazil321,589
Ciudad del EsteParaguay320,782
PelotasBrazil320,674
MoronArgentina319,934
AnapolisBrazil319,587
ChimbotePeru316,966
ArmeniaColombia315,328
SoachaColombia313,945
VitoriaBrazil312,656
CuscoPeru312,140
MaringaBrazil311,724
PucallpaPeru310,750
GuarujaBrazil310,424
AntofagastaChile309,832
ValleduparColombia308,237
Porto VelhoBrazil306,180
San Salvador de JujuyArgentina305,891
FrancaBrazil305,041
MeridaVenezuela300,000
Vina del MarChile294,551
BlumenauBrazil293,949
Foz do IguacuBrazil293,523
Ponta GrossaBrazil292,177
CabimasVenezuela291,147
PaulistaBrazil289,971
San CristobalVenezuela289,852
LimeiraBrazil289,665
ViamaoBrazil285,269
Alto BarinasVenezuela284,289
SuzanoBrazil283,314
ValparaisoChile282,448
ItagueiColombia281,853
TacnaPeru280,098
Santa Teresa del TuyVenezuela278,890
CuencaEcuador276,964
Bahia BlancaArgentina276,546
CaucaiaBrazil275,019
PetropolisBrazil272,691
MonteriaColombia272,420
ParanaArgentina262,295
SincelejoColombia261,187
UberabaBrazil260,843
PopayanColombia258,653
Rio BrancoBrazil257,642
CascavelBrazil257,172
Novo HamburgoBrazil253,841
Vitoria da ConquistaBrazil253,137
TalcahuanoChile252,968
FloridablancaColombia252,267
BarueriBrazil251,994
Santiago de SurcoPeru251,648
TaubateBrazil251,641
Governador ValadaresBrazil250,878
Praia GrandeBrazil250,027
San BernardoChile249,858
Varzea GrandeBrazil249,752
Volta RedondaBrazil249,580
Santa MariaBrazil249,219
GuarenasVenezuela248,588
PalmiraColombia247,986
IcaPeru246,844
CoroVenezuela246,657
JuliacaPeru245,675
ValeraVenezuela244,708
BarutaVenezuela244,216
MerloArgentina244,168
Santa LuziaBrazil243,503
NeuquenArgentina242,092
BuenaventuraColombia240,387
GravataiBrazil238,778
TemucoChile238,129
CaruaruBrazil235,371
Boa VistaBrazil235,150
GeorgetownGuyana235,017
Jose C. PazArgentina230,208
QuilmesArgentina230,000
Rio VerdeBrazil229,651
San Fernando de ApureVenezuela229,197
IpatingaBrazil228,746
SumareBrazil227,977
San LorenzoParaguay227,876
GuatireVenezuela227,666
IquiqueChile227,499
PilarArgentina226,517
Juazeiro do NorteBrazil225,230
SucreBolivia224,838
ParamariboSuriname223,757
El TigreVenezuela222,450
EmbuBrazil221,733
FormosaArgentina221,383
ImperatrizBrazil218,106
ColomboBrazil217,000
PorlamarVenezuela216,234
ConcepcionChile215,413
Taboao da SerraBrazil214,523
JacareiBrazil213,110
RancaguaChile212,695
MariliaBrazil212,218
Presidente PrudenteBrazil209,502
Sao LeopoldoBrazil209,229
AlvoradaBrazil209,213
OruroBolivia208,684
San FelipeVenezuela206,270
ItabunaBrazil205,660
Sao CarlosBrazil205,035
HortolandiaBrazil203,533
MossoroBrazil202,005
ItapeviBrazil201,748
Sete LagoasBrazil201,334
La PintanaChile201,178
Santo Domingo de los ColoradosEcuador200,421
Sao JoseBrazil200,000
GuacaraVenezuela198,883
CapiataParaguay198,553
MachalaEcuador198,123
TalcaChile197,479
PalmasBrazil196,272
ParauapebasBrazil196,259
AmericanaBrazil196,022
GuanareVenezuela194,688
PetrolinaBrazil194,650
DivinopolisBrazil193,832
MaracanauBrazil193,529
BarrancabermejaColombia191,403
PlanaltinaBrazil189,412
SantaremBrazil189,047
San Fernando del Valle de CatamarcaArgentina188,812
CamacariBrazil188,758
AcariguaVenezuela188,278
Santa Barbara d'OesteBrazil188,000
Rio GrandeBrazil187,838
Cachoeiro de ItapemirimBrazil187,019
AricaChile185,999
Santa Anita - Los FicusPeru184,614
San LuisArgentina183,982
MantaEcuador183,166
CuaVenezuela182,558
ItaboraiBrazil182,498
AraureVenezuela181,820
SacabaBolivia180,726
Rio ClaroBrazil180,147
IndaiatubaBrazil179,911
DosquebradasColombia179,583
Passo FundoBrazil179,529
CotiaBrazil174,828
Puerto CabelloVenezuela174,000
QuillacolloBolivia172,405
Francisco MoratoBrazil171,790
PortoviejoEcuador170,326
AracatubaBrazil170,024
CalabozoVenezuela168,605
AraraquaraBrazil168,468
Ferraz de VasconcelosBrazil167,900
Eloy AlfaroEcuador167,784
BerazateguiArgentina167,498
CarupanoVenezuela167,187
ArapiracaBrazil166,562
Ocumare del TuyVenezuela166,072
TuluaColombia165,501
EsmeraldasEcuador165,216
LagesBrazil164,676
Barra MansaBrazil164,052
Nossa Senhora do SocorroBrazil163,993
EnvigadoColombia163,007
La RiojaArgentina162,620
DouradosBrazil162,202
CriciumaBrazil161,954
CoquimboChile161,317
San Juan de los MorrosVenezuela160,868
SullanaPeru160,789
ChapecoBrazil160,157
Puerto MonttChile160,054
TarijaBolivia159,269
BarreirasBrazil158,292
SobralBrazil157,996
San MiguelArgentina157,532
Ciudad OjedaVenezuela156,957
ItajaiBrazil155,716
IlheusBrazil155,499
La SerenaChile154,521
AmbatoEcuador154,369
Rio CuartoArgentina153,757
Angra dos ReisBrazil153,635
Nova FriburgoBrazil153,361
Valle de La PascuaVenezuela153,136
Chincha AltaPeru153,076
RondonopolisBrazil152,912
BalvaneraArgentina152,198
Itapecerica da SerraBrazil151,605
GuarapuavaBrazil150,850
ChillanChile150,396
ParnamirimBrazil150,343
El LimonVenezuela148,247
CaxiasBrazil148,072
HuanucoPeru147,959
NilopolisBrazil147,281
Pocos de CaldasBrazil146,588
MarabaBrazil145,860
ConcordiaArgentina145,210
LuzianiaBrazil143,601
CaboBrazil143,105
CalamaChile143,084
MacaeBrazil143,029
Punto FijoVenezuela141,729
IbiriteBrazil141,374
Lauro de FreitasBrazil141,280
PotosiBolivia141,251
ParanaguaBrazil141,013
Comodoro RivadaviaArgentina140,850
Los TequesVenezuela140,617
AyacuchoPeru140,033
AnacoVenezuela139,397
BelgranoArgentina138,942
TaribaVenezuela138,402
ParnaibaBrazil138,008
ItuBrazil137,586
CastanhalBrazil137,406
Sao Caetano do SulBrazil136,453
OsornoChile135,773
QueimadosBrazil135,741
CajamarcaPeru135,000
CartagoColombia134,827
MilagroEcuador133,508
ValdiviaChile133,419
IbarraEcuador132,977
PindamonhangabaBrazil132,218
SapucaiaBrazil130,937
MaicaoColombia130,348
FlorenciaColombia130,337
Girardot CityColombia130,289
QuilpueChile130,263
Jaragua do SulBrazil130,130
San MartinPeru130,000
CopiapoChile129,280
CharallaveVenezuela129,182
Palo NegroVenezuela128,875
Mogi GuacuBrazil128,865
San Nicolas de los ArroyosArgentina127,742
JequieBrazil127,475
La VictoriaVenezuela126,721
SogamosoColombia126,551
LambareParaguay126,377
ItapetiningaBrazil126,243
Patos de MinasBrazil126,234
Puerto AyacuchoVenezuela125,840
Los AngelesChile125,430
Braganca PaulistaBrazil125,096
RiobambaEcuador124,478
TimonBrazil124,427
Sao Jose dos PinhaisBrazil124,224
TeresopolisBrazil123,979
UruguaianaBrazil123,480
Porto SeguroBrazil123,173
AlagoinhasBrazil122,688
PalhocaBrazil122,423
BarbacenaBrazil122,211
CaroraVenezuela121,741
CachoeirinhaBrazil121,084
EjidoVenezuela120,978
San CarlosVenezuela120,375
Fernando de la MoraParaguay120,167
Santa RitaBrazil119,893
QuevedoEcuador119,436
ToledoBrazil119,313
JauBrazil119,206
CaguaVenezuela119,033
CubataoBrazil118,410
Guadalajara de BugaColombia118,004
LojaEcuador117,796
TunjaColombia117,479
Punta ArenasChile117,430
PinhaisBrazil117,000
Simoes FilhoBrazil116,662
VarginhaBrazil116,571
PunoPeru116,552
MariaraVenezuela116,142
SinopBrazil116,013
TinaquilloVenezuela115,937
Pouso AlegreBrazil115,201
EunapolisBrazil114,275
Villa LuganoArgentina114,000
Punta CardonVenezuela113,999
BotucatuBrazil113,862
JandiraBrazil113,605
YaritaguaVenezuela113,343
UpataVenezuela112,617
Ribeirao PiresBrazil111,888
Conselheiro LafaieteBrazil111,596
ResendeBrazil111,514
Santa RosaArgentina111,424
AraucariaBrazil111,302
AtibaiaBrazil110,968
Varzea PaulistaBrazil110,936
GaranhunsBrazil110,085
AraruamaBrazil109,637
CatanduvaBrazil109,612
TumbesPeru109,223
San RafaelArgentina109,163
Franco da RochaBrazil108,858
El VigiaVenezuela108,668
GironColombia108,466
Cabo FrioBrazil108,239
Ji ParanaBrazil107,697
ArarasBrazil107,463
PoaBrazil107,432
Vitoria de Santo AntaoBrazil107,383
UmuaramaBrazil107,319
ApucaranaBrazil107,085
Catia La MarVenezuela106,822
Santa Cruz do SulBrazil106,113
GuaratinguetaBrazil105,880
San Francisco De BorjaPeru105,076
LinharesBrazil105,075
Alto HospicioChile105,065
AraguainaBrazil105,019
TandilArgentina104,325
Lo PradoChile104,316
EsmeraldasBrazil103,206
CabudareVenezuela102,686
CuricoChile102,438
BiriguiBrazil102,277
AssisBrazil101,597
MalamboColombia101,534
BarretosBrazil101,220
ColatinaBrazil101,190
Teofilo OtoniBrazil101,170
GuaibaBrazil101,024
GuarapariBrazil100,925
Coronel FabricianoBrazil100,916
ItaguaiBrazil100,752
Los RastrojosVenezuela100,497
MagangueColombia100,313
Rio das OstrasBrazil100,000
SaltoUruguay99,823
TucupitaVenezuela99,778
Villa de CuraVenezuela99,669
ItabiraBrazil99,496
VotorantimBrazil99,390
SertaozinhoBrazil99,211
TalaraPeru99,074
Santana de ParnaibaBrazil98,989
BageBrazil98,940
PassosBrazil98,752
SaltoBrazil98,387
UbaBrazil97,828
OurinhosBrazil97,799
TrindadeBrazil97,521
ArapongasBrazil97,512
Villa AlemanaChile97,320
Villa MercedesArgentina96,781
AraguariBrazil96,565
CorumbaBrazil96,520
LimpioParaguay96,143
ErechimBrazil96,087
San Carlos de BarilocheArgentina95,394
JaperiBrazil95,101
VespasianoBrazil94,749
Campo LargoBrazil94,668
NembyParaguay94,641
FacatativaColombia94,611
TatuiBrazil93,580
TrelewArgentina93,442
RubioVenezuela93,197
CoronelChile92,940
PatosBrazil92,575
Villa MariaArgentina92,453
RiohachaColombia92,431
DuitamaColombia92,040
TimoteoBrazil91,722
ZipaquiraColombia91,235
MuriaeBrazil91,173
CambeBrazil91,080
BayeuxBrazil91,056
Bento GoncalvesBrazil90,852