São José do Rio Preto
is a city and municipality in the state of São
Paulo, Brazil. The city is located at the north/northwest portion of the state,
440 km (273 mi) from the city of São Paulo and 700 km
(435 mi) from Brasília. With 408,258 inhabitants (IBGE/2010), is the 12th
biggest city of the state and the 52nd biggest in Brazil.
Founded in 1852, its history is closely linked with trade, the provision of
services and agriculture. In 1912, the railroad Araraquarense arrived and stopped in the city for 20 years,