Contagem, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

Geography | Demography | Economy

🇧🇷 Contagem is a city in the centre of the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. It is only 21 km (13 miles) from the capital, Belo Horizonte, and forms part of a metropolitan area with a population of 4.8 million.


Geography The city belongs to the metropolitan mesoregion and to the microregion of Belo Horizonte, has a territorial extension of 195.2 square km (75.4 square miles), and borders the municipalities of Ribeirão das Neves, Esmeraldas, Betim, Ibirité and Belo Horizonte. The elevation of the city hall is 939 metres (3,081 feet).


Demography According to estimates from 2020 the municipal population was 668,949 making it the third most populous city in the state of Minas Gerais, after Belo Horizonte and Uberlândia.

The population is very young with 86% of the population being less than 50 years old.

Education indicators: • adults with up to 10 years of education: 23.67% • young people between 10 and 14 years old attending school: 96.8% • adults with no formal schooling: 5.21% • young people ages between 15 and 17 enrolled in secondary education: 83.7% • adults who have studied some university: 23% • illiteracy rate for adults over 25: 7%


Economy Contagem is primarily a city of heavy industry with a diversified industrial complex; even though minerals processing and chemicals still have a large importance. The municipality is responsible for 5.28% of the state GDP, occupying third place after Belo Horizonte and Betim.

Serious problems with water and air pollution exist, and the Pampulha Lake (Belo Horizonte) receives large quantities of heavy metals from the city.

Contagem was the first industrial district built in Minas Gerais. Inaugurated in 1946, by 1950 it was the largest in the state. The Gafanhoto power plant (on the Pará River) was built by the state government in 1952 to provide for the implementation and development of the district, which is still the largest industrial region in Minas Gerais.

Ceasa Minas Greater BH (regional wholesale supply center) is in Contagem. It has a built area of 605,000m2, with 535 companies installed, and a public on busy days of 65,000 people. It is the largest in vegetables in all of Brazil.

Sister city

 Cuba Cienfuegos

Contagem, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil 
<b>Contagem, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil</b>
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Contagem has a population of over 648,766 people. Contagem also forms one of the centres of the wider Belo Horizonte metropolitan region which has a population of over 6,084,430 people.

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Antipodal to Contagem is: 135.907,19.919

Locations Near: Contagem -44.0927,-19.9192

🇧🇷 Betim -44.183,-19.967 d: 10.8  

🇧🇷 Ibirité -44.06,-20.021 d: 11.8  

🇧🇷 Ribeirão das Neves -44.087,-19.766 d: 17  

🇧🇷 Belo Horizonte -43.936,-19.924 d: 16.4  

🇧🇷 Vespasiano -43.948,-19.753 d: 23.9  

🇧🇷 Nova Lima -43.833,-19.983 d: 28  

🇧🇷 Santa Luzia -43.85,-19.767 d: 30.5  

🇧🇷 Sabará -43.8,-19.883 d: 30.9  

🇧🇷 Pedro Leopoldo -44.033,-19.617 d: 34.2  

🇧🇷 Sete Lagoas -44.233,-19.45 d: 54.2  

Antipodal to: Contagem 135.907,19.919

🇯🇵 Uruma 127.85,26.367 d: 18923.6  

🇯🇵 Ginowan 127.78,26.279 d: 18924.3  

🇯🇵 Itoman 127.65,26.117 d: 18925.2  

🇯🇵 Tomigusuku 127.667,26.15 d: 18924.3  

🇯🇵 Naha 127.702,26.199 d: 18923.7  

🇯🇵 Urasoe 127.734,26.254 d: 18922.4  

🇯🇵 Okinawa City 127.793,26.343 d: 18920.8  

🇯🇵 Makishi 127.667,26.2 d: 18920.9  

🇯🇵 Nago 127.978,26.592 d: 18917.2  

🇯🇵 Okinawa 127.809,26.409 d: 18917.5  

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