It is situated 96 km south from Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, in one of the most important economic areas of Brazil. The population was 113.019 inhabitants, in 2006. It is one of the most populated cities of MG.
- "Resident population, by sex and urban or rural situation, resident population 10 years old and over, total, literate and literacy rate, in accordance to municipalities" (Table). Censo Demográfico 2000. Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
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