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Caruaru —  Municipality  — The Municipality of Caruaru External view of the city Flag Coordinates: 08°16′58″S 35°58′33″W / 8.28278°S 35.97583°W / -8.28278; -35.97583Coordinates: 08°16′58″S 35°58′33″W / 8.28278°S 35.97583°W / -8.28278; -35.97583 Country  Brazil Region Northeast State Pernambuco Government  - Mayor José Queiroz (PDT) Area  - Total 920.61 km2 (355.4 sq mi) Elevation 545 m (1,788 ft) Population (2009)  - Total 298,501  - Density 324.2/km2 (839.7/sq mi) Time zone UTC-4 (UTC-4)  - Summer (DST) UTC-4 (UTC-4) HDI (2000) 0.713 – medium Website Caruaru, Pernambuco Caruaru Caruaru is a city in Pernambuco, Brazil. Caruaru, Petrolina and cities in the Recife metropolitan area are the biggest and most important cities in Pernambuco. As of 2009, Caruaru had a population of 298,501, ranking first outside the metro area and fifth in all state. The city is famous, among other things for Mestre Vitalino's clay mini-sculptures inserted in Alto do Moura (Moura highhill) recognized by UNESCO as the largest center for figurative arts in the Americas; to have one of the biggest textile sector of the interior of Brazil; and to have one of the biggest Saint John's festivals ( Sao João) together with Recife and Campina Grande of Brazil. Contents 1 Geography 2 Economy 2.1 Economic Indicators 2.2 Health Indicators 3 Sports 4 Tourism 5 References // Geography Rosário Church State - Pernambuco Region - Agreste of Pernambuco Boundaries - Toritama, Vertentes, Frei Miguelinho and Taquaritinga do Norte (N); Altinho and Agrestina (S); Brejo da Madre de Deus and São Caetano (W); Bezerros and Riacho das Almas (E) Area - 920.61 sqkm Elevation - 554 m Hidrography - Capibaribe, Ipojuca and Una rivers Vegetation - Caatinga hipoxerofila Clima - Semi-arid (semi-desertic) Annual average temperature - 22.5 c Main road - BR 232 Distance to Recife - 140 km Distance to Gravata - 48 km Economy See also: Largest Cities of Northeast Region, Brazil The main economic activities in Caruaru are based in textile and general industry, tourism, commerce, handicraft and primary sector especially creations of goats, chickens, cows and milk; and farm agriculture especially beans, manioc and corn. Caruaru hosts also, one of the biggest open traditional and handicraft market of Brazil - Feira de Caruaru. Economic Indicators Clay sculptures Population [1] GDP x(1000 R$).[2] GDP pc (R$) PE 298.501 1.993.295 6.895 3.24 % Economy by Sector 2006 Primary sector Secondary sector Service sector 1.01 % 14.40 % 84.59 % Health Indicators [3] HDI (2000) Hospitals (2007) Hospitals beds (2007) Children's Mortality every 1000 (2005) 0.713 11 654 8.2 Sports Lacerdão Stadium Autorace circuit of Caruaru There are two sports clubs in the city. Clube Atlético do Porto, which plays at Antônio Inácio de Souza Stadium (6,000 capacity) and Central Sport Club, which plays at Estádio Luiz José de Lacerda (20,000 capacity). Both soccer teams are in the first division of Pernambuco. Caruaru also, hosts every year one race of the Brazilian Formula Truck competition, at the International circuit Ayrton Senna. The main motor sports circuit of the state. Tourism Further information: Pernambuco museums Caruaru in [Wikitravel] Video Saint John Festivals, Caruaru-Pernambuco [1] Video Caruaru, traditional and handicraft market [2] Video Caruaru formula Truck race [3] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Caruaru References ^ http://www.ibge.gov.br/home/estatistica/populacao/estimativa2009/POP2009_DOU.pdf IBGE Population 2009 Caruaru, page 32]] ^ Caruaru 2007 GDP IBGE page 29 ^ PE State site - City by city profile List of cities in Brazil