Avaré, São Paulo

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For the play L'Avare by Molière, see The Miser.
Avaré, São Paulo
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Official seal of Avaré, São Paulo
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Nickname(s): National capital of the Horse
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Coordinates: 23°05′56″S 48°55′33″W / 23.09889°S 48.92583°W / -23.09889; -48.92583
Country Brazil
State São Paulo
Government
 • Mayor Paulo Dias Novaes Filho (2013-2016)
Area
 • Total 1,216 km2 (470 sq mi)
Elevation 766 m (2,513 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 82,935
 • Density 68,17/km2 (17,660/sq mi)
Time zone Horário Oficial de Brasília (UTC‑3)
 • Summer (DST) Horário Oficial de Verão (UTC‑2)
Website Prefeitura

Coordinates: 23°05′56″S 48°55′33″W / 23.09889°S 48.92583°W / -23.09889; -48.92583 Avaré is a city in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, located 270 km from the state capital, São Paulo. Established on 15 September 1861 by Major Vitoriano de Souza Rocha and Domiciano Santana, the city was developed around the chapel of Our Lady of the Good Death ("Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte").

The population in 2010 was about 83,000 inhabitants. The economy is based on agriculture, cattle ranching and tourism. The attractions include the Jurumirim Hydroelectric Dam. The city has its own airport, Avaré-Arandu Airport.

Shrine Our Lady of the Pains of Avaré

Tourism is an important aspect in Avaré, which today is virtually a large ranch. Traditional events occur throughout the year, such as the Feira das Nações (Fair of the Nations), where typical foods of various countries are served, and the FAMPOP, (Fair of Popular Music), whose objective is to highlight and award singers, musicians and composers. Natural attractions such as Terra da Água, do Verde e do Sol ("Land of water, the green, and the sun") also invite tourists to the beauty of Avaré's large reservoir.

The city is also distinguished as a center of higher education. Many students from the surrounding region come to Avaré seeking a quality education and a chance to study. The Faculdade Sudoeste Paulista (São Paulo State Southwest College) and other higher education institutions are located there.

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