Coordinates: 19°30′S 42°32′W / 19.500°S 42.533°W / -19.500; -42.533
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Municipality of Ipatinga
Flag of Ipatinga
Official seal of Ipatinga
Confiança, Trabalho, Progresso  
"Confidence, Labour, Progress"
Location in Minas Gerais
Location in Minas Gerais
Country Brazil
State Minas Gerais
Intermediate RegionIpatinga
Immediate RegionIpatinga
Founded29 April 1964
 • MayorGustavo Morais Nunes (PSL)
 • Total164.884 km2 (63.662 sq mi)
Elevation250 m (820 ft)
 • Total227,731
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−3:30 (MGT)
Postal Code
35160-000 to 35169-999
HDI (2010)0.771 – high[3]
Major airportVale do Aço Regional Airport
Passenger railVitória-Minas Railway

Ipatinga is a municipality in eastern Minas Gerais state, Brazil. The city was founded on 29 April 1964 and covers a total area of 164.8 km2 (63.6 sq mi). Its population is 227,731 as of 2022. It is part of the Vale do Aço (Steel Valley) metropolitan area (population 430,700).

Ipatinga is at the site where the Piracicaba River flows into the Doce River. Located 217 km far from the state capital of Belo Horizonte, it is served by highway and railroad connections (Vitória-Minas Railway). There is also a medium-sized airport, Vale do Aço Regional Airport,[4] in the area of the neighboring city Santana do Paraíso, that serves the Steel Valley and can receive small and medium-sized planes, including jets like the Boeing 737 and the Fokker 100.


According to the modern (2017) geographic classification by Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the city is the main municipality in the Intermediate Geographic Region of Ipatinga.

Despite the steel complex's presence, Ipatinga has 127 m2 of green area per inhabitant, one of the highest averages in the country. Ipanema Park, Ipatinga's main park, has about one million square meters of green space with 12 thousand trees planted, one of the largest in the country.[5]


It is the most important city of the Vale do Aço metropolitan area and it is the headquarters of one of the largest steel making complexes in Brazil, Usina Siderúrgica de Minas Gerais – Usiminas.[6]


Ipatinga Futebol Clube, the city's main football club won the state championship in 2005 and reached the Copa do Brasil semi-finals in 2006. In 2007, it placed 2nd on the National Championship's Série B, climbing to the first division. Ipatinga Futebol Clube holds its home at Estádio Municipal João Lamego Netto popularly known as Ipatingão. The stadium was founded on 23 November 1981, and it is considered the fourth largest soccer stadium of the state of Minas Gerais.[7]


  • Climate: Tropical wet and dry (or savanna) climate (Köppen-Geiger climate classification: Aw)
  • Average annual temperature: 23 °C
  • Latitude South 19°28'46"
  • Longitude West: 42°31'18"

Distances from major cities:

  • Belo Horizonte: 217 km
  • Rio de Janeiro: 661 km
  • São Paulo: 808 km
  • Campinas: 830 km
  • Vitória: 401 km
  • Brasília: 935 km
  • Salvador: 1140 km

Sister cities[edit]

Ipatinga currently has two sister cities:[8][9][10]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ipatinga". Câmara Municipal de Ipatinga. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  2. ^ "IBGE Ipatinga". IBGE. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Portal do Cidadão - Prefeitura Municipal de Ipatinga". Archived from the original on 9 February 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2006.
  5. ^ "Portal do Cidadão - Prefeitura Municipal de Ipatinga". Archived from the original on 8 February 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2006.
  6. ^ TI, USIMINAS /. "Portal Usiminas". www.usiminas.com.br. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Epaminondas Mendes Brito (Ipatingao)". O Gol. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  8. ^ Câmara Municipal de Ipatinga: Lei Nº618 de 24/07/1978 - "Considera Kitakyushu, no Japão, cidade irmã de Ipatinga".
  9. ^ Eu Amo Ipatinga: Cidades-irmãs
  10. ^ Pouso & Prosa: CIDADES-IRMÃS

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