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Balsas

Balsas is a city in the state of Maranhão, northeast Brazil. It is located in southern Maranhão, 800 km from the capital of the state, São Luís.GeographyBalsas 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).ClimateBalsas has a Savanna tropical climate. Temperature is hot from April through October. It rains from November through March.VegetationCerrado is the typical vegetation of the area. However, due to the advance of agricultural activities, the ecosystems is threatened.HydrographyThere are many streams and rivers in the municipality, but the most important is Rio Balsas, which crosses the city.DemographicsAccording 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.
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