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City's central church
City's central church
Flag of Xanxerê
Official seal of Xanxerê
Nickname(s): Portuguese: Capital Estadual do Milho (The state capital of corn)
Location in Santa Catarina
Location in Santa Catarina
Xanxerê is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 26°52′37″S 52°24′14″W / 26.87694°S 52.40389°W / -26.87694; -52.40389Coordinates: 26°52′37″S 52°24′14″W / 26.87694°S 52.40389°W / -26.87694; -52.40389
Country  Brazil
Region South
State Santa Catarina
Mesoregion West of Santa Catarina
Microregion Xanxerê
Founded 27 February 1954
 • Mayor Ademiri 'Miri' Gasparini
 • Total 377.764 km2 (145.855 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2014)[2]
 • Total 47,679
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Xanxerenses
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
CEP postal code 89820-000
Area code 49
HDI (2010) [3] 0,775
Website Municipality official website

Xanxerê is a city in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Italian and German are the mainstream culture. They were brought by immigrants in the early twentieth century, through the migration of the "gauchos".

Today, the city is much more than the " Capital of the Corn ", whose productivity is national prominence. The city also increased in all industrial, commercial and service sectors, serving as a reference for all western Santa Catarina.

It is well located, favoring the trade via Mercosul and generating interest from various investors in the region.

Xanxerê is the headquarters of the Association of Cities of Alto Irani ( AMAI ), composed of 17 "municípios". According to IBGE, is one of the main SC cities, so it attracts investment from all branches, and is under constant development, being one of the fastest growing in the state and the ranks 22nd[clarification needed] in state economy.

In more recent times, a rare tornado was reported to have struck the city on Apr. 20, 2015; two people died in the area, according to the news.[4]