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Location of Veredinha in the state of Minas Gerais

Veredinha is a municipality in the northeast of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. As of 2007 the population was 5,732 in a total area of 635 km². The elevation of the urban area is 635 meters. It is part of the IBGE statistical meso-region of Jequitinhonha and the micro-region of Capelinha. It became a municipality in 1995.

The economy is based on cattle raising, services, and subsistence agriculture, with the main crops being coffee, rice, beans, sugarcane, and corn. There were plantations of eucalyptus trees for charcoal production. In 2005 there were 667 rural producers but only 10 tractors. 1,900 persons were dependent on agriculture. As of 2005 there were 4 public health clinics, with none of them carrying out diagnosis and complete therapy. There were no hospitals. Educational needs were met by 7 primary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 nursery schools. There were 192 automobiles in 2006, giving a ratio of 28 inhabitants per automobile (there were 428 motorcycles). There were no banks in 2007. [1]

Neighboring municipalities are: Turmalina, Itamarandiba, Carbonita, Minas Novas and Capelinha. The distance to Belo Horizonte is 496 km. [2] [3]

Social Indicators

Veredinha is ranked low on the MHDI and was one of the poorest municipalities in the state and in the country in 2000.

  • MHDI: .669 (2000)
  • State ranking: 675 out of 853 municipalities
  • National ranking: 3,474 out of 5,138 municipalities in 2000
  • Life expectancy: 69
  • Literacy rate: 72
  • Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio: .765
  • Per capita income (monthly): R$95.00 [4]
  • Degree of urbanization: 59.35
  • Percentage of urban residences connected to sewage system: 74
  • Infant mortality rate: 30.30 [5]

The above figures can be compared with those of Poços de Caldas, which had an MHDI of .841, the highest in the state of Minas Gerais. The highest in the country was São Caetano do Sul in the state of São Paulo with an MHDI of .919. The lowest was Manari in the state of Pernambuco with an MHDI of .467 out of a total of 5504 municipalities in the country as of 2004. At last count Brazil had 5,561 municipalities so this might have changed at the time of this writing. [4]


  1. ^ IBGE
  2. ^ Distancias Minas Gerais
  3. ^ Citybrazil
  4. ^ a b Frigoletto
  5. ^ Indicadores de Saúde

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Coordinates: 17°23′56″S 42°44′09″W / 17.39889°S 42.73583°W / -17.39889; -42.73583