Campinas is one of the most important cities of the state of São Paulo, with approximately 260 years of history. Prior to 1842, when it was founded as a city, Campinas was a rural neighborhood that belonged to the city of Jundiaí. At that time, Campinas’ economic growth was based on sugar cane and coffee productions.
Nowadays Campinas occupies an area of 801 Km² and has a population of approximately 1 million inhabitants, distributed in four districts (Barão Geraldo, Joaquim Egídio, Sousas and Nova Aparecida) and thousands of neighborhoods. The Campinas economic and social strength of Campinas has overflowed to its regional surroundings, with the establishment of a metropolitan region with an impressive industrial park, composed by: a petrochemical pole in Paulínia; textile poles in Americana and Nova Odessa; and industries of electric materials in Campinas, Sumaré, Valinhos, Santa Bárbara D’Oeste, Mogi-Mirim and Indaiatuba. In recent years, Campinas has become the main high-technology pole of Brazil, with a concentration of nearly two thousand multinational and public and private national companies.
Furthermore, there is an important sector of services in Campinas, with seven shopping centers, thousands of bars and restaurants, as well as cinemas, theatres and cultural spaces, which offer an interesting schedule of shows, spectacles, movies and exhibitions. It is also possible to find parks and green areas for leisure and cultural integration.