is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in
the southern hemisphere, and the world's ninth largest city by population. The
metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second
most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the ten largest
metropolitan areas in the world. São Paulo is the capital of the state of São
Paulo, Brazil's most populous state. It exerts strong regional influence in
commerce, finance, arts and entertainment and a strong international influence.
The name of the city honors Saint Paul of Tarsus.
The metropolis has the