São Roque, São Paulo

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São Roque
Municipality
Flag of São Roque
Flag
Coat of arms of São Roque
Coat of arms
Location in São Paulo  state
Location in São Paulo state
São Roque is located in Brazil
São Roque
São Roque
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°31′45″S 47°08′07″W / 23.52917°S 47.13528°W / -23.52917; -47.13528Coordinates: 23°31′45″S 47°08′07″W / 23.52917°S 47.13528°W / -23.52917; -47.13528
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast Region
State São Paulo
Metrop. region Sorocaba
Government
 • Mayor Cláudio Góes (PSDB)
Area
 • Total 306.91 km2 (118.50 sq mi)
Elevation 771 m (2,530 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 86,515
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)
Postal code 18130-000
Area code +55 11
Website www.saoroque.sp.gov.br

São Roque (meaning Saint Roch in Portuguese) is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of Sorocaba.[1] The population is 86,515 (2015 est.) in an area of 306.91 km².[2] The city is at an altitude of 771 m. São Roque is connected by two main highways: Rodovia Raposo Tavares and Rodovia Castelo Branco. It is located 60 km west from the state capital. Some of the neighboring municipalities are Cotia, Vargem Grande Paulista, Ibiúna, Mairinque and Aluminio.

São Roque has protected greenspaces and maintains itself as a lush ecological paradise. It has a good climate with a wonderful countryside. The Serra do Mar mountains cover the southeast. It has an excellent infrastructure, especially well-developed for wine production. In the 19th century, immigrants from Italy and Portugal arrived in São Roque to work in vineyards. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy. It holds the largest artificial ski park in Latin America, the Ski Mountain Park.

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