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|— Municipality —|
|The Municipality of
|• Total||530.9 km2 (205.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||406 m (1,332 ft)|
|• Density||204.79/km2 (530.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-2 (UTC-2)|
|Area code(s)||+55 18|
|Website||Prefecture of Birigüi|
Birigüi is a city in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The city is located on the northwest of the state and has 108,728 inhabitants (IBGE/2010) and 530.9 km² of area. Birigüi is located 521 km from the city of São Paulo and 11 km from Araçatuba.
The city was founded in December 7, 1911, by Nicolau da Silva Nunes. The name Birigüi comes from the Tupi–Guarani language and means "fly that always comes". It refers to the Lutzomyia fly, very common at the area.
Birigüi is recognized for being the most important center of children's shoes production in Brazil with a production of 57 million pairs in the year of 2006. In the same year it had 159 industries in the children' shoe's segment and their profit was over 800 million reais (R$). Among all these industries there are over 18 thousand workers which consist in 60% of the jobs offered in all the city.
Located under the latitude 21º17'19" S and longitude 50º20'24" W.
Rivers: Tietê, Baixotes, Grande, Tabapuã, Ribeirão Baguaçu, Da Colônia, Do Imbé, Barro Preto, Água Branca
The city has 10 day-nurseries, 21 EMEI (Municipal School of Infantile Education), 11 EMEFs (Municipal School of Basic Education), 5 State Schools of Basic Education, 7 State High Schools, 5 private High Schools and 3 universities.
Soccer and biribol, an aquatic version of volleybal are the most popular sports in the city. The soccer team, Bandeirante Esporte Clube, was founded on March 11, 1923 and its first president was José Troncoso, who currently names a street in the city. In 1987 the team played professionally in the Premier League of Campeonato Paulista (a championship in the state of São Paulo)
Biribol was invented in the city by the Teacher Dario Miguel Pedro.
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