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Location in São Paulo  state
Location in São Paulo state
Araraquara is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611Coordinates: 21°47′41″S 48°10′34″W / 21.79472°S 48.17611°W / -21.79472; -48.17611
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast Region
State São Paulo
 • Mayor Marcelo Fortes Barbieri
 • Total 1,004 km2 (388 sq mi)
Elevation 664 m (2,178 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 226,508
 • Density 230/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)
Postal code 14801
Area code +(55) 16
Website Official website

Araraquara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ] or [aˌɾaɾɐˈkwaɾɐ]) is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 226,508 (2015 est.) in an area of 1004 km².[1] It is also known as "the abode of the sun," because of its impressive sunset and because of its hot atmosphere, especially in summer. The city was founded in 1817.

Ferroviária is the local football (soccer) team of the city. The club plays home matches at Estádio Fonte Luminosa, which has a maximum capacity of 27,000 people.

The city downtown is filled with bars, especially around colleges, as it has a high flux of students from nearby cities.

The city is served by Bartolomeu de Gusmão Airport.

There are two possible origins for the name of the city. One that links it to the Tupi-Guarani language and other that relates it to the Língua Geral of São Paulo.[2]

The two versions come from similar expressions "arará kûara" and "arara kûara", which means "lair of the macaw´s".[2]


  1. ^ Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  2. ^ a b Navarro, Eduardo (2013). Dicionário de Tupi Antigoː a Língua Indígena Clássica do Brasil. São Paulo: Global. p. 544. 

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