For the football team, see Esporte Clube XV de Novembro (Piracicaba).


Coat of arms

Location in São Paulo state

Location in Brazil

Coordinates: 22°43′31″S 47°38′57″W / 22.72528°S 47.64917°W / -22.72528; -47.64917Coordinates: 22°43′31″S 47°38′57″W / 22.72528°S 47.64917°W / -22.72528; -47.64917
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast Region
State São Paulo
  Mayor Gabriel Ferrato (PSDB)
  Total 1,378.07 km2 (532.08 sq mi)
Elevation 547 m (1,795 ft)
Population (2015)
  Total 391,449
  Density 280/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone BRT/BRST (UTC-3/-2)
Postal code 13400-000
Website www.piracicaba.sp.gov.br

Piracicaba (Portuguese pronunciation: [piɾɐsiˈkabɐ] or [piˌɾasiˈkabɐ]) is a city located in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The population is 391,449 (2015 est.) in an area of 1378.07 km².[1] It is at an elevation of 547 m above sea level.


The place name comes from a word in the Tupi language that means "place where the fish stops".[2] The name arises from the fact that the waterfalls of the Piracicaba River, which bisects the city, is a point at which "piracema"—fish swimming upstream to reproduce.[3] Larger fish species such as the dourados can still be observed.


In 1766, Antonio Correa Barbosa, charged with the task of establishing a settlement on the estuary of Piracicaba river, opted for a location about 90 km from it.[4] The settlement was officially founded on August 1, 1767, as a povoação subordinated to the vila of Itu.[2] In 1784, Piracicaba gets emancipated from Itu, becoming a freguesia.[2]

In 1821, the freguesia is promoted to vila, known as Vila Nova da Constituição. In 1856, Vila Nova da Constituição is promoted to city status and in 1877 it is officially named "Piracicaba", following a law by the then councilman and future Brazilian president Prudente de Morais.[2]

In 1944, the city was made the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Piracicaba.[5]

Notable institutions, events, resources

Piracicaba is home to the oldest agricultural university in Brazil, the Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture of the University of São Paulo.[6] Founded in 1901, the school is located on a farm with a large collection of trees and plants. It is also recognized as a leader in the field of precision agriculture. Other universities based in Piracicaba are the Methodist University of Piracicaba (UNIMEP)[7] and the University of Campinas' School of Dentistry.[8]

Piracicaba is known by the nickname "Noiva da Colina" (bride of the hills),[9] and is the annual host to the "Festa das Nações" (Nations' Party, where people may find foods from all over the world),[10] and to the "Salão Internacional do Humor" (International Humor Exhibition), where cartoonists from around the world display comic drawings.[11][12]


Upscale houses in the city
Avenues in Piracicaba

Piracicaba is famous for sugarcane plantations,[13] traditional cane spirit production, and traditional music.

In particular, its economy, as of this year, is fueled by the cultivation of sugarcane. The harvest of sugarcane produces many products, including sugar, oil, and ethanol.[14] Copersucar, a large company that has a center of research on genetic improvement of sugarcane participates in this growing industry.

Another characteristic economic feature is the presence of large industries, where the main ones are Caterpillar,[15] ArcelorMittal,[16] and Hyundai.[17]



Piracicaba's altitude is 554 meters.[18] Temperatures through the year vary from 37.5° Celsius maximum to 16.0° Celsius minimum, and Piracicaba experiences annual rainfall of 123 centimeters. The area of the city is 1,378 square kilometers, making it the 19th largest city in the State of São Paulo. The urban area of Piracicaba is approximately 158 square kilometers, and 95% of the population resides in it.


The population in 2015 was 391,449.[1] The Human Development Index for the city was 0.710 in 2000, and 0.785 in 2010, both falling in the "high" category.[19]


As of 2010, water and power are supplied at a level approaching 100% of the households.[20] As of 2013 there were approximately 164 telephones, and 333 cars, both statistics per thousand people.

Sister cities

Notable natives


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  2. 1 2 3 4 "IBGE | Cidades | São Paulo | Piracicaba | Histórico". cidades.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
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  6. "Who we are | University of São Paulo". www.en.esalq.usp.br. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
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  8. "Portal FOP-Unicamp". www.fop.unicamp.br. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
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  10. "Festa das Naçoes de Piracicaba:33 anos de história".
  11. "EBC". memoria.ebc.com.br. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  12. "Salão Internacional de Humor de Piracicaba | História". salaointernacionaldehumor.com.br. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  13. Audi, Raul. "A study on sugarcane cultures in the Piracicaba region by means of photointerpretation: Part II". Bragantia. 27 (2): 383–394. doi:10.1590/S0006-87051968000200013. ISSN 0006-8705.
  14. Moraes, Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de; Zilberman, David (2014-03-31). Production of Ethanol from Sugarcane in Brazil: From State Intervention to a Free Market. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 87. ISBN 9783319031408.
  15. "A Caterpillar no Brasil". MEMORIAL DO EMPREENDEDORISMO. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  16. "Câmara homenageia Belgo - Grupo Arcelor Mittal". www.camarapiracicaba.sp.gov.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  17. AW Staff (2011-02-28). "Brazil: Hyundai breaks ground on Piracicaba plant". automotiveworld.com. Retrieved 4 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). [Quoting:] Hyundai has launched construction on its Piracicaba plant in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state. The new 150,000upa plant is Hyundai’s seventh outside of South Korea. The manufacturer is investing US$600m in the Piracicaba facility, which will start production in the second half of 2012...
  19. "IBGE | Cidades | São Paulo | Piracicaba | Índice de Desenvolvimento Humano Municipal - IDHM". www.cidades.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  20. "NÍVEL DE ATENDIMENTO DE ABASTECIMENTO DE ÁGUA NO MUNICÍPIO DE PIRACICABA - 1991, 2000 E 2010" (PDF). IPPLAP- Instituto de Pesquisas e Planejamento de Piracicaba. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
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