|The Municipality of Balsas|
"Bls", "Balsinhas de Açúcar", "Princesinha do Sul do Maranhão", "Capital da Agricultura e da Lavoura Mecanizada" ("Bls", "Little Sugar Ferries", "Little Princess of Southern Maranhão", "Capital of the Mechanized Agriculture")
Location of Balsas in the State of Maranhão
|Founded||March 22, 1918|
|• Mayor||Francisco de Assis Milhomem Coelho (PMDB)|
|• Total||13,141.637 km2 (5,074.014 sq mi)|
|Elevation||283 m (928 ft)|
|• Density||6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|HDI (2000)||0.696 – medium|
Geography [ edit ]
Balsas covers an area of 13,141.64 km², being the largest municipality in Maranhão. The median elevation of the city is 283 meters (810 ft).
Climate [ edit ]
Balsas has a Savanna tropical climate. Temperature is hot from April through October. It rains from November through March.
Vegetation [ edit ]
Cerrado is the typical vegetation of the area. However, due to the advance of agricultural activities, the ecosystems is threatened.
Hydrography [ edit ]
There are many streams and rivers in the municipality, but the most important is Rio Balsas, which crosses the city.
Demographics [ edit ]
According to 2001 census, Balsas has 60,613 inhabitants. 82.73% live in Urban areas. The infant mortality rate is 35.1 deaths /1,000 live births and life expectancy is 64.1 years.
The annual median growth of the population is 4.21%. In 2007 the population was over 78,000 inhabitants. The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balsas.
References [ edit ]
IBGE - "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter
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- "2012 Populational Estimate"(PDF). Censo Populacional 2012. Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). July 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
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