Location in São Paulo state
|• Total||689 km2 (266 sq mi)|
|• Density||84/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)|
Ibitinga is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 57,649 (2015 est.) in an area of 689 km² (266 mi²). The elevation is 491 m (1,611 ft). The name comes from the Tupi language, meaning "White Lands". The main rivers near Ibitinga are the Tietê River and its tributaries Jacaré-Pepira River and Jacaré-Guaçu River.
The town is commonly referred to as the "Embroidery National Capital", for its large embroidery industry, which started in the 1960s with descendants from Madeira Island, and really developed after 1974, when the City Hall promoted the first "Embroidery Fair", at the City Stadium. Year after year, the town has passed from being dependent on agriculture and cattle to its current situation, where the economy mostly depends on embroidery and tourism.
At the Tietê river in Ibitinga, it is also located a dam (the Ibitinga Hydroelectric Power Station) and one lock. This lock, together with many others at other Tietê dams, allows the navigation of Tietê river along most of its length.
|This geographical article relating to the state of São Paulo is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|