Camaragibe is a city in north-eastern Brazil, in the State of Pernambuco. It is situated near Recife. The lands now belonging to the city were used as a reserve of wood, and then for sugar planting. It was populated by natives, until the arrival of Portuguese with Duarte Coelho Pereira, around 1500. After the Portuguese arrival, however, the natives were not completely driven from the area. Instead, they lived "peacefully" with the invaders.
In the 16th century the city was considered one of richest in the region until the Dutch invasion in 1645. At that time, the farm was burned to the ground by the natives.
The small city is considered among the most densely populated urban areas in the world because of the very accelerated growth that the city experienced from the emancipation until now.
The main economic activities in Camaragibe are based in commerce and general industry. Also is a main and terminal stop in the metropolitan train, with integration with local bus lanes.
Camaragibe has a population of over 156,736 people. Camaragibe also forms part of the wider Recife metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,078,000 people.