Anápolis

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Anápolis is the third largest city in the State of Goiás in Brazil. It lies in the center of a rich agricultural region and has become a leader in food processing and pharmaceutical plants.

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Location and population

The area of the municipality is 918.3 km2. and the limiting municipalities are Abadiânia, Campo Limpo de Goiás, Gameleira de Goiás, Goianápolis, Leopoldo de Bulhões, Nerópolis, Pirenópolis, Silvânia and Terezópolis de Goiás.

Anápolis is also the center of the Anápolis Microregion, englobing 19 cities with a total population of 511,952 and an area of 8,386.80 km2.

The resident population in 2003 was 298,155, of which 294,443 lived in the urban area and 3,712 in the rural area. Estimated population for 2008 was 331,329. The city has experienced rapid growth since 1980 when the population was 180,000.

The city is built on a plateau at an elevation of 1,017 meters, one of the highest in Brazil. Because of this, the climate is mild without extremes and is generally cooler than nearby Goiânia.

Communications

Anápolis is located on the main Brasília-Goiânia highway (BR 060), which has now become a four-lane motorway. It is also the starting point for the famous Belem-Brasília highway (BR 153). Distances to Goiânia - 54 km, Brasília - 140 km, and São Paulo - 872 km.

The municipality is served by a branch of the Centro-Atlântica railroad, with 685 km. of network in Goiás, which allows for connections with the important ports of the country. Anápolis will be zero kilometer for the future North-South railroad, which will connect with the Port of Itaqui, in Maranhão, as well as with other strategic points in the North and Northeast.

Anápolis has a municipal airport, which will soon be upgraded to a national cargo facility.

Economy

After Goiânia, Anápolis is the most developed municipality in the state. It also has the fastest developing industrial sector with several high-tech companies locating in the region. Communications are excellent, with good highways connecting the city with both Goiânia and Brasília. The recently built railroad terminus also connects with major population centers of the south.

There is a large pool of educated workers produced by the several institutions of higher learning in the city. The surrounding land is excellent for intensive production of fruit like oranges, bananas, and sugarcane.

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