Xerém lies on the slopes of the Serra Fluminense, near Petrópolis. Within its boundaries are a bus factory (Ciferal Marcopolo), the training camp of Fluminense Football Club, the headquarters of Duque de Caxias FC and the football team Tigres do Brasil.
Xerém is known for having one of the most important government agencies in Brazil, INMETRO.
Tourism is a significant factor of the local economy; tourists are drawn by the lush and placid scenery, the nearby waterfalls, and historical sites.
Every year Xerém host Vaquejada Park Ana Dantas. Past shows have included artists such as:
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