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City of Alvorada
Capital of Solidarity
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
|• Mayor||Jose Arno Appolo do Amaral (MDB)|
|• Total||70.811 km2 (27.340 sq mi)|
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|• Density||3,000/km2 (7,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−3 (BRT)|
|Area code||(+55) 51|
|Website||alvorada.rs.gov.br (in Portuguese)|
Alvorada is a city in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, adjacent to the city of Porto Alegre. The city is also known as "The Capital of Solidarity." Alvorada is primarily a bedroom community with most workers commuting to adjacent cities such as Porto Alegre to work. Alvorada is built around its main road: Avenida Presidente Vargas. The name means "the awakening" or "the sunrise".
Although improvements have been made, the city suffers from heavy crime and squatting. The largest of these slums or favelas is the dangerous Umbu subdivision. Drug and arms trafficking are punctuated by periodic violence.
The growth of the municipality has been on the verge of President Avenida Vargas main through the city centre.
The economy is based mainly on trade and industry, and the vast majority of the population works in the municipality of Porto Alegre, causing the city to be also known as a city sleeper.