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Municipality of Cotia
View of Cotia
View of Cotia
Flag of Municipality of Cotia
Official seal of Municipality of Cotia
Location in the state of São Paulo and 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 323.891 km2 (125.055 sq mi)
Elevation 853 m (2,799 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 209,027
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/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. The population in 2006 was 179,685. The city is at an altitude of 853 m, its density is 554.77/km² and the area is 324 km². 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 [3]

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 Density
2003 161,782 399.22/km²
2004 170,206 535.33/km²
2006 179,685 554.77/km²

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2012 Populational Estimate" (PDF). Censo Populacional 2012. Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). July 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1] - UNDP
  3. ^ Terrain of the city at

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