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Juiz de Fora

Juiz de Fora
Full nameJuiz de Fora
Official nameThe Municipality of Juiz de Fora
Settlement typeMunicipality
MottoPro Patria et Urbe
StateMinas Gerais
IncorporatedMay 30, 1850
MayorCustódio Mattos, PSDB
Total Area554.8 sq mi (1436.9 km2)
Elevation2224 ft (677.9 m)
Total Population517872 (2010)
Density (pop.)353.9/km2 (916.9/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal Code36000-000
Area code+55 32

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Juiz de Fora (-ptˈʒwiz dʒi ˈfɔɾɐ, Itinerant Magistrate), also known as J.F., is a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, located close to the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to 2006 estimates the current population is about 509,125 inhabitants. The geographical area of the municipality is 1,437 km2.

The city's location was determinant for its economic and demographic development, for it is placed between the three most important financial and economic metropolises of southeast Brazil (and also the three largest urban sprawls of the country): Rio de Janeiro (189 km), Belo Horizonte (260 km) and São Paulo (486 km). Major highways connect Juiz de Fora with these three metropolitan areas, the most important -and crucial for the city's recent growth- being the BR 040, which connects Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. Running throughout the city, the Paraibuna river is a major tributary of the Paraíba do Sul river, in which basin lies the core of Brazilian heavy and high-technology industries.

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