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Full nameMacaé
Official nameMacaé
StateRio de Janeiro
FoundedJuly 29, 1813
MayorRiverton Mussi (PMDB)
Total Area469 sq mi (1214.7 km2)
Total Population206748 (2009)
Density (pop.)159.8/km2 (413.91/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)
HDI (2000)0.79 medium

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Macaé is a city located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, 180 km northeast of the state capital. Its population was recorded as 206,748 in 2010 and the municipal covers an area of 1,216 km2.

Macaé is generally considered to be the centre of the Brazilian offshore petroleum industry. As a consequence it is often referred to as "Cidade do Petróleo" ("City of Petroleum"). The Brazilian state-controlled oil company - Petrobras - has many facilities within the town. Macaé is one of the fastest-growing cities in Brazil, with a growth of 600% within the last 10 years. Macaé Airport is served by scheduled flights and concentrates operations to off-shore platforms.

Other economic activities in the city include tourism and fishing. These two sectors were very important for the city's revenues before the 1980s. The city has a growing reputation for high-quality technical education and training.

Although the city has some touristic potential, the lack of investiments on this area makes its growth to be very small.Its most famous beaches are Cavaleiros and Pecado. The interior of the municipality has small rural towns such as Sana and Frade.

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