São Caetano do Sul

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São Caetano do Sul
Downtown São Caetano do Sul
Downtown São Caetano do Sul
Flag of São Caetano do Sul
Official seal of São Caetano do Sul
Nickname(s): São Caetano Guia
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São Caetano do Sul is located in Brazil
São Caetano do Sul
São Caetano do Sul
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°42′00″S 46°33′00″W / 23.70000°S 46.55000°W / -23.70000; -46.55000Coordinates: 23°42′00″S 46°33′00″W / 23.70000°S 46.55000°W / -23.70000; -46.55000
 • Mayor Paulo Pinheiro (PMDB)
 • Total 15.4 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
Elevation 744 m (2,441 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 133,241
 • Density 8,675/km2 (22,470/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
HDI (2000) 0.862[1]very high
Website São Caetano do Sul
São Caetano Guia

São Caetano do Sul (or São Caetano) is a city in São Paulo state in Brazil, located in the Greater São Paulo Metropolitan Area. It is the city with the highest per capita income in Brazil (US$31,322.00 in 2010) and it also has the highest Human Development Index.


São Caetano do Sul is located on a plateau that is part of the Serra do Mar (Portuguese for "Sea Range"), part of the vast region known as the Brazilian Highlands, with an average elevation of around 800 metres (2,625 ft) above sea level - though at a distance of only about 70 kilometers (43 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean.


According the Köppen climate classification São Caetano do Sul has a humid subtropical climate.

The Best Standard of Living in Brazil[edit]

São Caetano do Sul boasts the highest social indicators anywhere in the country (even if using indexes such as those that compute the HDI formula). Illiteracy rates are very low and most people enjoy a safe city with well-maintained infrastructure. São Caetano has no favelas, with the closest one bordering Heliópolis, São Paulo’s largest favela, next to a large Petrobras oil distribution and storage facility in nearby Ipiranga. Such border areas between São Caetano and adjacent cities São Bernardo do Campo and Santo André are prone to flooding which happens often, especially in the more impoverished areas bordering the city of São Paulo, where the Meninos creek (a tributary of the heavily polluted Tamanduateí river) is often littered with construction debris and garbage, exacerbating the flooding effect in the rainy season (Oct–Feb).

The city is served by a comprehensive network of bus routes that also connects São Caetano to its neighboring towns. There is also one commuter train line (operated by CPTM) that connects the city to São Paulo and its neighbors to the south, Santo André and Mauá.


Immigrants from many nationalities have settled in São Caetano but the most significant groups are Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Germans and Japanese. In the 1950s, nationals from rural Northeastern Brazil started arriving as the region experienced a rapid industrialization boom.[citation needed]

Access to domestic goods (% of population)[edit]

  • Cellphones: 99.7%
  • Telephone landlines: 99%
  • Cars: 80.3%
  • Personal Computers: 90.1%
  • Color TVs: 99.4%
  • Freezers: 100%


Santo André (East and South), São Bernardo do Campo (West), São Paulo (North).

Higher education[edit]