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Official seal of Juazeiro
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Juazeiro is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 09°25′50″S 40°30′10″W / 9.43056°S 40.50278°W / -9.43056; -40.50278Coordinates: 09°25′50″S 40°30′10″W / 9.43056°S 40.50278°W / -9.43056; -40.50278
Country  Brazil
Region Northeast
State Bahia
Mesoregion Vale São-Franciscano da Bahia
Microregion Juazeiro
Founded May 9th, 1833
 • Mayor Isaac Cavalcante de Carvalho
 • Total 2,509,860 sq mi (6,500,520 km2)
Elevation 3,600 ft (1,100 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 214,718
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
HDI (2010)[3] 0.677
Website Official Website

(9°25′S 40°30′W / 9.42°S 40.50°W / -9.42; -40.50)

Juazeiro is a municipality in eastern Brazil in the state of Bahia. It had a population of 260,004, according to the 2010 census, and an area of 6,415.4 km². The population density was 31.34 hab/km² (2000). The elevation is 373 meters. It became a city in 1833. [1]

Although it lies on the São Francisco River and the Curaçá River, the climate of the city is semi-arid and it gets an annual precipitation of only 399 mm. For more detailed information on the climate see Petrolina.

There are highway connections with several capitals of the Northeast and railroad connections to the coast are made by the Ferrovia Centro-Atlântic. The railroad connection ends at the fluvial port of Juazeiro.

The name comes from the juazeiro tree (Ziziphus joazeiro) which grows in the region.

Juazeiro is in reality part of a twin city called Petrolina-Juazeiro making an urban conglomerate of close to 500,000 inhabitants. The two cities are connected by a modern bridge crossing the São Francisco River.

It was founded in 1833 and became a city on July 15, 1878. The annual average temperature is 24.2 °C. Its city districts are Abóbora, Carnaíba, Itamotinga, Junco, Juremal, Massaroca, and Pinhões.

Like its sister city Petrolina, Juazeiro has experienced great growth in the last decade due to the irrigation of the semi-arid soils with water from the São Francisco River. Fruit cultivation is important to such extent that Juazeiro entitles itself "Capital of Irrigated Fruit", which its exported between the Petrolina Airport to USA and/or Europe. For more detailed information on the development of this fertile valley see the article on Petrolina.

Juazeiro is the birthplace of Brazil and Barcelona footballer Dani Alves, as well as the precursor of the bossa nova movement, guitarist/songwriter João Gilberto.

Main agricultural products in planted area (2003):

  • bananas: 18 km²
  • coconut: 2.72 km²
  • guava: 2.5 km²
  • lemon: 2 km²
  • papaya: 0.45 km²
  • mango: 60 km²
  • passion fruit: 0.9 km²
  • grapes: 21 km²
  • sugarcane: 152.53 km²
  • onions: 3.4 km²
  • beans: 4.04 km²
  • manioc: 4.2 km²
  • watermelon: 4.5 km²
  • melon: 1.95 km²
  • tomato: 0.32 km²

Data is from IBGE

This city should not be confused with Juazeiro do Piauí or Juazeiro do Norte, also cities in Brazil.


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