|Founded||July 31, 1793|
|• Mayor||Ronério Heiderscheidt (PMDB)|
|• Total||394,662 km2 (152,380 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|• Density||324.6/km2 (841/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-2 (UTC-2)|
Palhoça is a city in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Palhoça was founded in 1793, when the city was part of the way between Lages and Florianópolis in order to protect the capital state from possible invasions. Its name comes from “straw roof”, named such because of the large number of houses with this kind of roof when the first Palhoça citizens were natives.
Palhoça is located in Florianópolis Region. It is bordered on the north by São José, on the northwest by São Pedro de Alcântara, on the southwest by Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, on the south by Paulo Lopes and on the east by Santa Catarina Island south bay.
The Palhoça coast consists in a long mangrove and beaches on the south.
The highest point of the city is Cambirela mountain, located in a natural preservation area.
The most important industries of the city are located on the north region. Ponte do Imaruim neighborhood has a strong commerce while Jardim Eldorado neighborhood has the most important industry zone. The south region has developed tourism and fishing as a way to improve the city economy.
Palhoça’s economy has been growing. Because of that, companies like Renner[disambiguation needed] and AmBev built their headquarters in this city. In 2010, Via Catarina Mall, the first mall built in the city, opened in the Pagani neighborhood, close to the City Hall.
New private neighborhoods have been built, concerned about natural preservation and quality of life.
Even though economy is growing, a lot of people still live in poor neighborhoods, with high criminal rates.
The bus is the only mean of public transportation in Palhoça. Jotur, Imperatriz and Paulo Lopes are the bus companies that operate in Palhoça.