Location in São Paulo state
|• Mayor||Marcelo Fortes Barbieri|
|• Total||1,004 km2 (388 sq mi)|
|Elevation||664 m (2,178 ft)|
|• Density||230/km2 (580/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)|
|Area code||+(55) 16|
Araraquara is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 226,508 (2015 est.) in an area of 1004 km². 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.
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.
The name of the city comes from the Tupi-Guarani language and is believed to mean either "abode of the macaws" or "abode of the sun".
- (Portuguese) Official website
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