Alvorada

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City of Alvorada
Avenida Pres Vargas munícipio de Alvorada - RS.jpg
Flag of City of Alvorada
Official seal of City of Alvorada
Nickname: 
Capital of Solidarity
Location in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Coordinates: 29°59′24″S 51°05′02″W / 29.99000°S 51.08389°W / -29.99000; -51.08389
CountryBrazil
RegionSouth
StateRio Grande do Sul
Founded1965
Government
 • MayorJose Arno Appolo do Amaral (MDB)
Area
 • Total70.811 km2 (27.340 sq mi)
Elevation
17 m (56 ft)
Population
 (2020 [1])
 • Total211,352
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−3 (BRT)
Postal code
94810
Area code(+55) 51
Websitealvorada.rs.gov.br (in Portuguese)
Alvorada products treemap, 2020

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.

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Alvorada is bordered by the municipalities of Porto Alegre, Viamão, Gravataí and Cachoeirinha.

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.

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Coordinates: 29°59′23″S 51°05′00″W / 29.98972°S 51.08333°W / -29.98972; -51.08333