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View of the historic center of Cotia
View of the historic center of Cotia
Flag of Cotia
Official seal of Cotia
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Cotia is located in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°36′15″S 46°55′10″W / 23.60417°S 46.91944°W / -23.60417; -46.91944Coordinates: 23°36′15″S 46°55′10″W / 23.60417°S 46.91944°W / -23.60417; -46.91944
StateSão Paulo
FoundedApril 2, 1856
 • MayorRogério Franco (PSD)
 • Total323.99 km2 (125.09 sq mi)
853 m (2,799 ft)
 (2020 [1])
 • Total253,608
 • Density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)
WebsitePrefeitura Municipal de Cotia

Cotia is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo.[2] The population is 253,608 (2020 est.) in an area of 323.99 km².[3] The city is at an altitude of 853 m. Cotia is linked with the Rodovia Raposo Tavares highway.


Cotia was founded in 1580, and was an active village during the "bandeiras" expeditions. In 1626, Raposo Tavares and his companions arrived in the city. The "Sítio do Mandú" and "Sítio do Padre Inácio" (Mandu's Ranch and Priest Inácio's Ranch) were some of the first rural houses to be built there. Nowadays, they are preserved by the "Instituto Brasileiro de Patrimônio Cultural. Cotia was declared an independent municipality on April 2, 1856. According to the 1980 demographic census, the city had a population of over 62 thousand people.


The city is located west of São Paulo, and has a terrain made of valleys and mountains, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,074 meters above sea level [4]

The city has the Cotia River as its main river.

The city has a densely populated urban area, but the less developed areas to the west attract people interested in ecotourism. The only naturally occurring case of Brazilian hemorrhagic fever took place here.

Population history[edit]

Year Population
2003 161,782
2004 170,206
2006 179,685
2015 229,548

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IBGE 2020
  2. ^ "Lei Complementar nº 1.139, de 16 de junho de 2011". Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  3. ^ Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  4. ^ "Terrain of the city at". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-07.

External links[edit]

Cotia travel guide from Wikivoyage