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São José dos Campos
Municipality
The Municipality of
São José dos Campos
View of the city
View of the city
Flag of São José dos Campos
Flag
Official seal of São José dos Campos
Seal
Nickname(s): Capital of the Valley
and The Airplane Capital
Motto: "Aura terraque generosa"  (Latin)
"Generous are the winds of my land"
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Location in the state of São Paulo and Brazil
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State  São Paulo
Metropolitan Region Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte
Area
 • Municipality 1,099.77 km2 (424.62 sq mi)
 • Urban 298.99 km2 (115.44 sq mi)
Elevation from 619 to 2.082 m (1,970 ft)
Population (2018 est.)
 • Municipality 883,943
 • Density 803.753/km2 (2,081.710/sq mi)
 • Metro 2 528,354
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal Code 12200-000
Area code(s) +55 12
Website São José dos Campos, São Paulo

São José dos Campos is a major city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. One of the leading industrial and research centers with emphasis in aerospace sciences in Latin America, the city is located in the Paraíba Valley, between the two most active production and consumption regions in the country, São Paulo (80 km (50 mi) from the city) and Rio de Janeiro (320 km (200 mi)). It is the main city of the Metropolitan Region of Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte. A native of São José dos Campos is called a joseense. Being the second most populous non-capital city in Brazil - behind Campinas - São José dos Campos lies in the middle of the Expanded Metropolitan Complex ("Complexo Metropolitano Expandido"), the very first megalopolis in the Southern Hemisphere, with over thirty million inhabitants. The city's metro area mescles also Great Sao Paulo, Campinas, Santos and Sorocaba. The municipality concentrates many major companies and industries, such as Embraer, Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson, Ericsson, Philips, General Motors, Petrobras, Monsanto among others. São José dos Campos also holds relevant education and research institutions, as ITA, INPE, CEMADEN, IEAv, IEA [pt], IFI [pt], UNESP, UNIFESP, DCTA, FATEC, UNIVAP and IP%D, holding a position the puts the city as the main and largest Aerospacial Complex in Latin America. Thus, is also considered the warlike producer centre. The Technological Park (" Parque Tecnológico de São José dos Campos"), the largest one in the country, is the only research institute in the world that converges all the three top global plane production companies, Embraer, Boeing and Airbus.

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