Barra da Tijuca is a famous borough in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, located southwest of the city on the Atlantic Ocean. Barra, as it is popularly known, will have most of the venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be the first edition held in South America. Barra is well known for its beaches and its uncountable lakes and rivers. Barra da Tijuca is also the name of the economic center of the borough, the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, classified as one of the richest places in the country and based on the 2010 Brazil Census, it has the highest HDI (0.970) in Brazil. It is believed to be the safest of Rio's upper class neighborhoods due to its lack of favelas and plentiful private and public security. With large mansions and luxury condominiums, Barra da Tijuca is well known for being the home of celebrities, soccer stars and the Brazilian elite society.
Barra da Tijuca is divided into eight municipal districts (officially neighbourhoods): Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Vargem Pequena, Vargem Grande, Camorim, Grumari, Joá, and Itanhangá. Its total area is 165.59 km². Those born in Barra da Tijuca, or those who live there, are called Barristas.
Barra, as it is popularly known, will host most of the venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be the first edition held inSouth America.
Demographic data indicates that the region is the fastest growing county in Rio: 98,851 in 1991, 174,353 in 2000, and 300,823 in 2010.The neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca is the cultural, economic, and administrative center of the borough.