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Salinas

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Salinas is a municipality in the northeast of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Its population in 2007 was 37,370 inhabitants in a total area of 1,897 km².Important facts and DistancesThe elevation is 471 meters. It became a municipality in 1880. The postal code (CEP) is 39560-000. Population density was around 18 inhab/km². Salinas is located on highway BR-251. The distance to Montes Claros is 210 km. The distance to the Rio-Bahia BR-116 is 108 km. Important distances: Belo Horizonte/MG 631 km; Vit. da Conquista/BA 250 km; São Paulo/SP 1210 km; Brasília/DF 720 km; and Rio de Janeiro/RJ 1070 km.Neighboring municipalities Neighboring municipalities are: Taiobeiras, Rubelita, Santa Cruz de Salinas, Novorizonte, Fruta de Leite, Rio Pardo de Minas and Comercinho.ClimateSalinas has a semi-arid climate with high temperatures almost all year round. There is a period of severe drought and another with torrential and sporadic rains. The average summer temperature high is 33°C and the average winter high is 18°C.The economyThe main economic activities are cattle raising, small industries and agriculture. The main crops are bananas, citrus fruits, mangoes, beans, sugarcane, and corn. The local rum is well-known. In the rural area there were 2,084 producers on 111,541 ha. Natural pasture made up 62,000 ha, woodland 35,000 ha. and planted area 7,500 ha. Around 6,000 persons worked in agriculture.
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