Founded in 1871, the city of Viçosa has an area of 299 km² and is located in the southeastern region of the country, State of Minas Gerais , in the Atlantic Forest region, known as Zona da Mata Mineira, at an altitude of 649 m. The climate is tropical of altitude, with rainfall during the summer and annual average temperature of 19 ° C, ranging from 14 ° C to 32 ° C.
The Viçosa’s population is approximately 70,000 inhabitants and has a life expectancy of 74 years, with a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.855. For being a traditionally university city, Viçosa is known as an educating city and its literacy rate is 92%. In addition to UFV, there are four other higher education institutions in the city.
The city’s economy is essentially based on education, agriculture, livestock and specialized services (trade and construction). In addition, the city has two hospitals, an Intensive Care Unit, two Surgical and Obstetric Centers and several emergency and outpatient clinics.