Itu, São Paulo

Itu is an historic municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of Sorocaba.[3] The population was 175,568 as of 2020, in an area of 640.72 km2.[4] The elevation is 583 m. This place name comes from the Tupi language, meaning big waterfall. Two rivers flow through Itu: Tietê and Jundiaí. Itu has five hospitals, eleven bank agencies and one shopping center, the Plaza Shopping Itu.

Municipality of Itu
Flag of Itu
Coat of arms of Itu
Location in São Paulo state
Location in São Paulo state
Itu is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°15′51″S 47°17′57″W / 23.26417°S 47.29917°W / -23.26417; -47.29917Coordinates: 23°15′51″S 47°17′57″W / 23.26417°S 47.29917°W / -23.26417; -47.29917
Country Brazil
State São Paulo
Metrop. regionSorocaba
 • Total640.72 km2 (247.38 sq mi)
583 m (1,913 ft)
 • Total175,568
 • Density270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03:00 (BRT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-02:00 (BRST)
Postal code
Area code+55 11
HDI (2010)0.773 – high[2]

Itu was founded in 1610 by bandeirante Domingos Fernandes. It became a parish in 1653. In 1657, it was elevated to a town and municipality. It became a part of Brazil in 1822. It became a city in 1843.


Its climate is subtropical, temperatures varies from 16° and 22°. The summer is warm and dry, and the winters are moderately cold and dry.

It is located between the crystalline plateau and sedimentary areas.

Population historyEdit

Year Population
2001 135,366
2004 149,758
2009 157,384
2015 167,095


According to the 2000 IBGE Census, the population was 136,366, of which 123,942 are urban and 11,424 are rural. The average life expectancy was 71.53 years. The literacy rate was at 92.53%.


The main roads passing through the municipality are:


Itu was the birthplace of nationally-known comedian Simplicio, whose catchphrase was "back home in Itu everything is bigger". This led to the city becoming known as the "capital of large things", with a number of oversized objects being constructed there. The town's "exaggerations" include a 4m tall yellow pay phone called "orelhão", an oversized street light, a giant car tire (which was set on fire) and a mast decorated with a star, claimed to be the world's tallest artificial Christmas tree.[5]

With the increase in domestic tourism the infrastructure soon developed to attract foreign visitors as well as international meetings, seminars and congress events.[citation needed] In 1999 and 2003 the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement held their international delegation session in Itu bringing people from over 80 countries to the city at each event.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit

Sister cities - twin townsEdit

Itu is twinned with:

  Salto, Brazil


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ IBGE 2020
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Governo do Estado de São Paulo, Lei Complementar nº 1.241, de 8 de maio de 2014". Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  4. ^ Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  5. ^ "Small Town In Brazil Cultivates Big Image". The Washington Post. 3 December 2000.
  6. ^ Curriculum Vitae Archived 2006-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Brazilian Mission to the United Nations, Retrieved on 2009-06-29.

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