Patos de Minas, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

History | Standard of living | Economy | Main crops | Farm data | Health and Education | Transport : Air

🇧🇷 Patos de Minas is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.


According to the modern (2017) geographic classification by Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the city is the main municipality in the Intermediate Geographic Region of Patos de Minas.


History The name is derived from the ranch known as farmhouse Os Patos, owned by the original settlers, which had the name because of the large number of wild ducks found in the region. In 1826 the first settlers, Antônio da Silva Guerra and his wife, Luísa Correia de Andrade, donated lands for the new settlement, called Vila de Santo Antônio dos Patos. In 1892 Patos de Minas gained city status with the name of Patos, which was lengthened in 1944 to Patos de Minas.


Standard of living Patos de Minas occupies a privileged position in the ranking of cities in the state and country in socio-economic development. A study in Veja magazine in 2001 placed Patos in fifth place among five thousand cities with the greatest socio-economic development between 1970 and 1996.

Rare among Brazilian cities of this size, around 99% of all the streets of the city are paved and have public lighting and almost all of the inhabitants (97%) receive treated water. Sewage treatment reached 98% of the urban population. City government site • Municipal Human Development Index: 0.813 (2000) • State ranking: 19 out of 853 municipalities as of 2000 • National ranking: 318 out of 5,138 municipalities as of 2000 • Literacy rate: 92% • Life expectancy: 74 (average of males and females)

The highest ranking municipality in Minas Gerais in 2000 was Poços de Caldas with 0.841, while the lowest was Setubinha with 0.568. Nationally the highest was São Caetano do Sul in São Paulo with 0.919, while the lowest was Setubinha. In more recent statistics (considering 5,507 municipalities) Manari in the state of Pernambuco has the lowest rating in the country—0,467—putting it in last place.


Economy The main sources of income are agriculture, services, light industry, and livestock raising. Dairy products, jerked beef, and pork by-products are processed in the city. In 2005 the GDP was R$1,217 billion, with 750 million generated by services, 189 million by industry, and 154 million by agriculture.

Patos is known nationally for its corn production. The "Princess of the Alto Paranaíba" as it is called, has become the national capital of corn, a fact that has attracted investors from all over the country to set up industries in agro-industry, garments, beverages, and packaging. It is also one of the most important seed producing centres in the country.

Corn is so important in the life of the town that every May Patos puts on a festival, the biggest in the state, called Fenamilho, the Festa Nacional do Milho (National Corn Festival), in which there are rodeos and performances by country and western groups.


Main crops • Coffee: 5,700 ha. • Cotton: 310 ha. • Potatoes: 130 ha. • Sugarcane: 170 ha. • Beans: 3,000 ha. • Manioc: 1,000 ha. • Maize: 12,000 ha. • Soybeans: 4,500 ha. • Tomatoes: 446 ha.


Farm data • Number of farms: 3,135 • Agricultural area: 232,334 ha. • Planted area: 45,300 ha. • Area of natural pasture: 208,109 • Persons working in agriculture: 11,400


Health and Education • Number of primary schools: 47 • Enrollment in primary schools: 21,711 • Number of middle or secondary schools: 23 • Enrollment in middle or secondary schools: 7,063 • Higher education: 3 private schools with an enrollment of 4,834 in 2005. • Hospitals: 1 public and 3 private with 366 beds (2005) • Health clinics: 27 public and 4 private.


Transport: Air Pedro Pereira dos Santos Airport, built in the early 1990s, can receive medium-sized passenger planes from the Brasília to the Fokker F-27. It is located 6.5 km. from the city. In March 2016, Flyways Airline started operating in the airport with 2 flights per week from Patos de Minas to the capital city Belo Horizonte.

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Patos de Minas has a population of over 153,600 people. Patos de Minas also forms the centre of the wider Patos de Minas District which has a population of over 819,435 people. It is also a part of the larger Minas Gerais State.

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