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Location of Itacambira within the state of Minas Gerais

Itacambira is a Brazilian municipality located in the north of the state of Minas Gerais. In 2007 the population was 5,018 in a total area of 1,788 km². It became a municipality in 1962.[1][2]

Location and Distances[edit]

Itacambira is located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains southeast of Montes Claros at an elevation of 1,048 meters. It is north of the Rio Jequitinhonha and is connected by dirt road to other population centers. The Rio Congonhas, a tributary of the Rio Jequitinhonha, flows to the north. Neighboring municipalities are: Grão Mogol, Juramento, Botumirim, Bocaiúva, and Cristália.

Itacambira is part of the statistical microregion of Grão Mogol.[3]

Economic activities[edit]

The most important economic activities are cattle raising (7,000 head in 2006) and agriculture. The GDP in 2005 was R$ 10,971,000. The most important agricultural crops are bananas, coffee, oranges, quince, sugarcane, and corn. In the rural area there were 634 producers. The total area of agricultural land was 87,000 hectares in 2006, of which 53,000 ha. were in crops. As of 2006 there were only nine tractors. In the urban area there were no banking agencies in 2006.[2]

Health and education[edit]

This municipality is isolated from major population centers and suffers from drought and poor soils.

  • Municipal Human Development Index: .668 (2000)
  • State ranking: 681 out of 853 municipalities as of 2000
  • National ranking: 3,497 out of 5,138 municipalities as of 2000

[4] The highest ranking municipality in Minas Gerais in 2000 was Poços de Caldas with 0.841, while the lowest was Setubinha with 0.568. Nationally the highest was São Caetano do Sul in São Paulo with 0.919, while the lowest was Setubinha.

  • Degree of urbanization: 14.39% (2000)
  • Infant mortality rate: 31.25 (2000) The rate for Minas Gerais was 17.40; the rate for Brazil was 18.91.
  • Illiteracy rate: 22.23% (15 years old or older)(Data from 2000) The rate for Minas Gerais was 11.96; the rate for Brazil was 13.63
  • Urban area covered by sewage system: 41.90%--the rate for Minas Gerais was 81.39%
  • Health centers and hospitals: 2 health centers. There were no hospitals.[5]


See also[edit]

Coordinates: 17°03′54″S 43°18′32″W / 17.06500°S 43.30889°W / -17.06500; -43.30889