About Juiz de Fora

Juiz de Fora is a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to 2012 estimates the current population is about 525,225 inhabitants. The geographical area of the municipality is 1,437 km (555 sq mi).

The city's location was a key factor in its economic and demographic development since it is situated between the three most important financial and economic metropolises of southeast Brazil (and also the three largest urban sprawls of the country):