Rio Claro, São Paulo

Rio Claro is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The elevation is 613 m. It was incorporated as the village of São João Batista do Ribeirão Claro in 1827, and this incorporation is celebrated every year on June 24 as a municipal holiday.

Rio Claro
Município de Rio Claro
Skyline de Rio Claro.JPG
Flag of Rio Claro
Coat of arms of Rio Claro
Cidade Azul (Blue City)
Location in the São Paulo state.
Location in the São Paulo state.
Rio Claro is located in Brazil
Rio Claro
Rio Claro
Coordinates: 22°24′39″S 47°33′39″W / 22.41083°S 47.56083°W / -22.41083; -47.56083Coordinates: 22°24′39″S 47°33′39″W / 22.41083°S 47.56083°W / -22.41083; -47.56083
CountryBrazil Brazil
StateSão Paulo
 • MayorGustavo Perissinoto (PSD)
 • Total498.422 km2 (192.442 sq mi)
 (2020 [2])[3]
 • Total208,008
 • Estimate 

The name was changed later to Rio Claro. Starting in the 19th century, Rio Claro attracted large numbers of immigrants from European countries, especially from Germany, Switzerland and Italy, but also from Spain, Portugal, some Eastern European countries, and a substantial community of Christian Arabs from the then Ottoman Empire (mostly Syrian and Lebanese).

Japanese immigrants arrived later. There is also a large population of Afro-Brazilians.

Rio Claro used to play a very important role in the railway system of São Paulo state. Rio Claro hosts one public university, UNESP, offering courses in Geology, Geography, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Physical Education, Ecology, Biology and Pedagogy (teacher training).


  • Budget: R$178,542,000.00 (2005)
  • Infant mortality rate: 11.76 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Literacy: 94.9% (2000)
  • Life expectancy at birth: 71.34 years


The city's two football (soccer) clubs are Rio Claro Futebol Clube, founded in 1909, and Associação Esportiva Velo Clube Rioclarense, founded in 1910.


  1. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ IBGE 2020
  3. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ "IBGE statistics for Rio Claro" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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