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View of Cotia
View 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
Location in the state of São Paulo and 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
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State São Paulo
Founded April 2, 1856
 • Mayor Carlão Camago (PSDB)
 • Total 323.99 km2 (125.09 sq mi)
Elevation 853 m (2,799 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 229,548
 • Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
HDI (2000) 0.826 – high[2]
Website Prefeitura 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.[3] The population is 229,548 (2015 est.) in an area of 323.99 km².[1] 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.

Population history[edit]

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

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