Rio Claro, São Paulo

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Município de Rio Claro
Flag of Município de Rio Claro
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Official seal of Município de Rio Claro
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Nickname(s): Cidade Azul (Blue City)
Location in the São Paulo state.
Location in the São Paulo state.
Country Brazil Brazil
State São Paulo
Government
 • Mayor Du Altimari (PMDB)
Area[1]
 • Total 498.422 km2 (192.442 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 186,253
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 196,821
 • Density 124.36/km2 (322.1/sq mi)

Coordinates: 22°24′39″S 47°33′39″W / 22.41083°S 47.56083°W / -22.41083; -47.56083 Rio Claro is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The elevation is 613 m. It was incorporated as the village of São João Batista do Ribeirão Claro in 1827, and this incorporation is celebrated every year on June 24 as a municipal holiday.

The name was changed later to Rio Claro. Starting in the 19th century, Rio Claro attracted large numbers of immigrants from European countries, especially from Germany, Switzerland and Italy, but also from Spain, Portugal, some Eastern European countries, and a substantial community of Christian Arabs from the then Ottoman Empire (mostly Syrian and Lebanese).

Japanese immigrants arrived later. There is also a large population of Afro-Brazilians.

Rio Claro used to play a very important role in the railway system of São Paulo state. Rio Claro hosts one public university, UNESP, offering courses in Geology, Geography, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Physical Education, Ecology, Biology and Pedagogy (teacher training).

Facts[edit]

  • Budget: R$178,542,000.00 (2005)
  • Infant mortality rate: 11.76 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Literacy: 94.9% (2000)
  • Life expectancy at birth: 71.34 years

Sports[edit]

The city's two football (soccer) clubs are Rio Claro Futebol Clube, founded in 1909, and Associação Esportiva Velo Clube, founded in 1910.

Anthem of Rio Claro[edit]

Lyrics: Profª Celeste Calil
Music: Profª Lígia do C. Polastri

I
Salve, Salve Rio Claro Querida
Linda terra de céu sempre azul
Quem te vê uma vez, não te olvida
Pois te embala o Cruzeiro do Sul!

II
O nascer no teu seio de ouro,
É trazer no feliz coração,
O teu nome, sublime tesouro,
Protegido por meigo São João!

Estribilho
Rioclarenses, bem alto cantemos
Este hino, com todo fervor,
Pois a terra maior pertencemos
Em carinho, energia e valor!

III
O teu solo tão fértil, encerra
Mil riquezas, fartura sem par,
Teu comércio engrandece esta terra,
Tua indústria operosa é exemplar!

IV
E a instrução que é estrela potente
A brilhar no teu céu cor de anil
Faz do jovem, valor consciente
Na defesa do nosso Brasil!

Estribilho
Rioclarenses, bem alto cantemos...

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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