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Catalão (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐtɐˈlɐ̃w]) is a city and municipality located in the south of the state of Goiás, in Brazil. It is a large producer of grains, cattle, and phosphates and has a John Deere and Mitsubishi factory.

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Official seal of Catalão Catalão
City of Flowers
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Catalão Catalão is located in Brazil
Catalão Catalão
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Coordinates: 18°10′12″S 47°56′31″W / 18.17000°S 47.94194°W / -18.17000; -47.94194
 • MayorAdib Elias Júnior (MDB)
 • Total3,821.463 km2 (1,475.475 sq mi)
835 m (2,739 ft)
 • Total106,618
 • Density28/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)


Church of Dom Bosco
  • Population density: 17.85 inhabitants/km2 (2003)
  • Population growth rate 1991/2000: 1.86.%
  • Population in 1980: 39,172
  • Urban population in 2003: 60,830
  • Rural population in 2003: 6,616

Political informationEdit

  • Eligible voters in 2004: 50,160
  • City government in 2005: mayor (Adib Elias Júnior), vice-mayor (João Sebba Neto), and 10 councilmembers

Location and communicationsEdit

TV antennas in Catalão

Catalão is the seat of the Catalão Microregion which includes 11 cities with a total population of 114,686 inhabitants in an area of 15,238.60 km2.

Located in a region of fertile soil rich in phosphates, with excellent highway and railway connections, and watered by several rivers, the municipality has been experiencing rapid growth in recent years and is the third largest payer of state taxes.

The city lies a short distance north of the border with the state of Minas Gerais where a large dam over the Paranaíba River, the Barragem de Emborcação, separates the two states. It is connected by paved highway with Goiânia (253 km.), Brasília (330 km.), and Uberlândia (114), in the rich Mineiro Triangle.

Highway connections with Goiânia are by BR-352 / Bela Vista de Goiás / Cristianópolis / GO-020 / BR-352 / Pires do Rio / GO-330 / Ipameri.

Municipal boundaries are with:

Catalão is connected to the East West railroad system and to the future North-South system, which begins in Anápolis. It also has an airport with a runway for small and medium-sized planes, 1,400 meters long, paved, and lit at night.


Leisure in Catalão

The municipality is one of the most prosperous in the state. In a study carried out by Seplan of competitivity in municipalities in the state of Goiás Catalão was ranked third after Anápolis and Rio Verde. See Seplan

Catalão got a score of 0.818 on the UN Human Development Index, ranking it 3 out of 242 municipalities in the state. Nationally it was ranked 253 out of 5,507 municipalities. (All data are from 2000.)

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Traditionally a land of cattle raising, Catalão is still a great producer of meat and dairy products (150,000 head of cattle in 2003) and poultry (424,000 head in 2003). There is large production of corn, soybeans, and wheat, with the latest technology of central pivot irrigation being used extensively. Recently the cultivation of garlic has played an important role in the economy.

Economic facts in 2005Edit

Assembler of Mitsubishi
  • Industrial establishments: 193
  • Industrial district: Distrito Mínero-Industrial – DIMIC
  • Packing houses: Mayor Ind. e Comércio de Carnes Ltda.
  • Dairies: Cooperativa Agropecuária de Catalão Ltda
  • Banks: 06
  • Retail establishments: 912

Main crops in planted area (2003)Edit

Cultivation of garlic, the most important product of family agriculture
  • coffee: 5.2 km2 / 1,144 tons
  • oranges: 1 km2 / 2,000 tons
  • palmito: 0.2 km2 / 60 tons
  • garlic: 3 km2 / 1,400 tons
  • rice: 18 km2 / 4,320 tons
  • sugarcane: 2 km2 / 12,000 tons
  • beans: 7 km2 / 1,830 tons (three harvests a year)
  • corn: 110 km2 / 77,000 tons (2 harvests a year)
  • soybeans: 650 km2 / 238,500 tons
  • wheat: 15 km2 / 7,500 tons

Data are furnished by IBGE

The economic success story of Catalão has been partly attributable to the installation of an industrial park where major enterprises like John Deere (producing sugar cane harvesters) and Mitsubishi, with capacity to produce 27,000 cars a year. This first automobile assembly plant in the Centerwest of Brazil generates 900 direct jobs and approximately 2,700 indirect.

In addition there are three major fertilizer plants, Copebrás, controlled by the Anglo-American group, Fosfértil, and Mineração Catalão De Goiás, which extract phosphate rocks from the subsoil and transform them into fertilizers.

Motor vehiclesEdit

  • automobiles and pickup trucks: 15,209 (2004)
  • trucks: 1,207
  • motorcycles: 5,687

Main economic activities of employmentEdit

Mineral and chemical compound
  • agriculture: 383 workers
  • extractive industries: 12 with 323 workers
  • transformation industries: 267 units with 3,025 workers
  • construction: 53 units with 218 workers
  • commerce: 1,629 units with 4,553 workers
  • hotels and restaurants: 145 units with 477 workers
  • transport and storage: 181 units with 712 workers
  • public administration: 1,788 workers

Health and educationEdit

Cornelio Ramos' Museum

In the social area the city is showing signs of continuous development. It is already a medical center for the southeast region of Goiás, with several hospitals and specialized clinics.

Health dataEdit

  • Health establishments (2002): 33 (16 public)
  • Hospitals: 04 (02 private)
  • Hospital beds: 347 (275 available for public use)
  • Public doctors, nurses, and dentists: 132 / 12 / 46

Educational dataEdit

  • Pre-primary school enrollment and schools (2004) : 2,327 (967 private), 31 (18 private)
  • Primary school enrollment and schools: 12,402 (2,835 private), 49 (18 private)
  • Middle school enrollment and schools: 3,520 (747 private), 12 (6 private)
  • Higher education: 2,864 in one public school (UFG). The Federal University of Goiás has a campus which offers several courses, such as: Computer Science, Physical Education, Geography, History, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Superior Studies in Letters, Pedagogy (Education), Psychology and Business Administration.

History and the Festival of CongadasEdit

Festival of Congadas in Catalão

Catalão began to be occupied around 1722 or 1723 when one of the bandeirantes, Bartolomeu Bueno da Silva planted cropos for his supply.

The settlement began around 1728, with the construction of a few huts to support the troops who were penetrating this region. Near Catalão, one of the chaplains of the force, Frei Antônio, a native of Catalonia and called "o Catalão" decided to start a rest point near a small stream.

By 1828, the settlement had five houses with tile roofs and twenty grass covered huts.

In 1859, Catalão became a legally constituted city. Today the municipality has an area of 3,789 km2,. corresponding to 1.1% of the state territory

The story of the , Catalão's popular festival began in 1820, when semi-free slaves arrived in the Vila of Catalão to work in the coffee plantations. The slaves brought with them their customs, one of which was the cult of Our Lady of the Rosary. Her commemoration included a mixture of Afro and Catholic rites. Now these dances, with strong influences from the Congo and Moçambique, are celebrated in Catalão in the largest festival of Congadas in Brazil.

The festival takes place on the last Friday of September and lasts until the second Sunday of October, when the dancers go to the streets in their colorful costumes, filling the city streets with their songs, which give thanks to their patroness for the blessings given.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics" (PDF). 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2019. 2018 Estimates of Population

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