Santo Andre is a Brazilian municipality located in the Metropolitan Region of So Paulo, including a group of municipalities known as Greater ABC Region. Its population in 2009 was 673,396. It occupies an area of 175 square kilometers, resulting in a population density of 3,816.52 inhabitants per km . The settlement, which became a town in 1553, with the name of Santo Andr da Borda do Campo, experienced rapid growth beginning in the 1930s. It was originally named So Bernardo because the municipality district headquarters were in So Bernardo do Campo, now a city nearby. In 1938, the name was changed to Santo Andr, as the district government was transferred to Santo Andr. Industries include chemical engineering, textiles, oil, metal products, metallurgy and printed matter.It is an industrial city, but more than 60% of Santo Andr's total area are protected by environmental water laws.
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