Patos de Minas
|Patos de Minas|
|Population:||133,054 (IBGE 2007)|
|Elevation:||832 m above sea level|
|Became a city:||1892|
|Distance to Belo Horizonte:||415 km.|
|IBGE statistical microregion:||Patos de Minas Microregion|
|Website:||City government site|
Patos de Minas is a city and municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, located some 400 km from Belo Horizonte on the Paranaíba River. The city had 133,054 in 2007 while the area of the municipality is 3,189 km². The elevation of the city is 832 meters.
Patos de Minas is also a statistical micro-region that includes Arapuá, Carmo do Paranaíba, Guimarânia, Lagoa Formosa, Matutina, Patos de Minas, Rio Paranaíba, Santa Rosa da Serra, São Gotardo, and Tiros. In 2000 the population was 226,626 inhabitants in a total area of 10,773.30 km². The population density in 2000 was 21,04 inhab/km².
Sister town 
The name is derived from the ranch known as Fazenda Os Patos, owned by the original settlers, which had the name because of the large number of wild ducks found in the region. In 1826 the first settlers, Antônio da Silva Guerra and his wife, Luísa Correia de Andrade, donated lands for the new settlement, called Vila de Santo Antônio dos Patos. In 1892 Patos de Minas gained city status with the name of Patos, which was lengthened in 1944 to Patos de Minas 
High standard of living 
Patos de Minas occupies a privileged position in the ranking of cities in the state and country in socio-economic development. A study in Veja magazine in 2001 placed Patos in fifth place among five thousand cities with the greatest socio-economic development between 1970 and 1996.
Rare among Brazilian cities of this size, around 99% of all the streets of the city are paved and have public lighting and almost all of the inhabitants (97%) receive treated water. Sewage treatment reached 98% of the urban population. City government site
- Municipal Human Development Index: 0.813 (2000)
- State ranking: 19 out of 853 municipalities as of 2000
- National ranking: 318 out of 5,138 municipalities as of 2000
- Literacy rate: 92%
- Life expectancy: 74 (average of males and females)
The highest ranking municipality in Minas Gerais in 2000 was Poços de Caldas with 0.841, while the lowest was Setubinha with 0.568. Nationally the highest was São Caetano do Sul in São Paulo with 0.919, while the lowest was Setubinha. In more recent statistics (considering 5,507 municipalities) Manari in the state of Pernambuco has the lowest rating in the country—0,467—putting it in last place.
Distances from Patos de Minas 
The main sources of income are agriculture, services, light industry, and livestock raising. Dairy products, jerked beef, and pork by-products are processed in the city. In 2005 the GDP was R$1,217 billion, with 750 million generated by services, 189 million by industry, and 154 million by agriculture.
Patos is known nationally for its corn production. The "Princess of the Alto Paranaíba" as it is called, has become the national capital of corn, a fact that has attracted investors from all over the country to set up industries in agro-industry, garments, beverages, and packaging. It is also one of the most important seed producing centers in the country.
Corn is so important in the life of the town that every May Patos puts on a festival, the biggest in the state, called Fenamilho, the Festa Nacional do Milho (National Corn Festival), in which there are rodeos and performances by country and western groups.
Main crops in 2006
- Coffee: 5,700 ha.
- Cotton: 310 ha.
- Potatoes: 130 ha.
- Sugarcane: 170 ha.
- Beans: 3,000 ha.
- Manioc: 1,000 ha.
- Corn: 12,000 ha.
- Soybeans: 4,500 ha.
- Tomatoes: 446 ha.
Farm data in 2006
- Number of farms: 3,135
- Agricultural area: 232,334 ha.
- Planted area: 45,300 ha.
- Area of natural pasture: 208,109
- Persons working in agriculture: 11,400 
Health and Education in 2006 
- Number of primary schools: 47
- Enrollment in primary schools: 21,711
- Number of middle or secondary schools: 23
- Enrollment in middle or secondary schools: 7,063
- Higher education: 3 private schools with an enrollment of 4,834 in 2005.
- Hospitals: 1 public and 3 private with 366 beds (2005)
- Health clinics: 27 public and 4 private.
Pedro Pereira dos Santos Airport, built five years ago, can receive medium sized passenger planes from the Brasília to the Fokker F-27. It is located 6.5 km. from the city. There are daily flights to the capital and to Uberaba.