For the snake, see Crotalus durissus. For the armored car, see EE-9 Cascavel.

Downtown Cascavel


Motto: The Capital of the West

Municipal location

Location in Brazil

Coordinates: 24°57′20″S 53°27′19″W / 24.95556°S 53.45528°W / -24.95556; -53.45528Coordinates: 24°57′20″S 53°27′19″W / 24.95556°S 53.45528°W / -24.95556; -53.45528
Country  Brazil
Region South
State Paraná
Founded 1952
  Mayor Edgar Bueno
  Total 2,100.105 km2 (810.855 sq mi)
Elevation 781 m (2,562 ft)
Population (2016)
  Total 316 226
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
  Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal code 85816-000
Area code(s) (+55) 45
Website Cascavel

Cascavel is a municipality in western Paraná state, Brazil. It is the 5th most populous city in Paraná with a population of 316,226 inhabitants according to an estimate from IBGE in August 2016. The distance (by freeway) to Curitiba, the state capital, is 491 kilometers.[1]

Relatively new and with a privileged topography, Cascavel's development was planned, which gives it wide streets and well distributed neighborhoods. With an area of 2,100,831 km², it is considered a strategic hub of Mercosul.

The city is on a plateau 781 meters above sea level. It is 504 km west of the state capital of Curitiba and 605 km west of the sea port of Paranaguá, 140 km from the 3 borders (Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil) at 24° 58' South, 53° 26' West.


The name of the city means rattlesnake in Portuguese; it arises from a variation of the classical Latin "caccabus", meaning "bubbling water boiling". According to legend, a group of settlers camped one night in the region and they were woken by the sound of a rattle; later they realized they set up the camp next to a rattlesnake.


Cycle of erva mate

The Caingangue natives inhabited western Paraná, which was occupied by the Spaniards in 1557 when they founded the Ciudad del Real Guayrá in current town of Guaíra.

A new occupation started in 1730 with troops ("troperismo" in Portuguese), but the settlement of the current city began in the late 1910s by settlers of mixed racial ethnicity ("caboclos" – people of indigenous and European descent) and descendants of Slavic immigrants, at the peak of the cycle of erva mate.

The village began to form on March 28, 1928, when José Silverio de Oliveira, the "Nho Jeca", leased the land from the settler Jose Antonio Elias, in the historical area of Encruzilhada dos Gomes, and which is currently the Cascavel Velho neighborhood. It was at a junction of several trails open by ervateiros (cultivators of erva mate), drovers and military, where de Oliveira set up his warehouse. His entrepreneurial spirit was key to the arrival of new people, who brought ideas and investments.

From the 1930s and 1940s, thousands of southern settlers, mostly descendants of Poles, Germans, Italians, Ukrainians and caboclos migrating from coffee regions, began logging, farming and raising pigs in the village, which became a district in 1938.

Notably, the locality was already included in military maps from 1924, and the village was made official by the town hall of Iguaçu Falls in 1936, with the name of Cascavel. The bishop of that city, Monsignor William Maria Thiletzek, renamed it as "Aparecida dos Portos", a name that did not work amongst the inhabitants.

Cycle of wood

In the 1930s, with the cycle of erva mate at a close, the surrounding area entered into the so-called "cycle of wood", which attracted a large number of families from Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. In particular, there were many Polish, German and Italian settlers, who formed the basis of the municipal population.

As the native forests were depleted, the land became available to agriculture sector, which underpins the present-day economy.

In 1938, Cascavel became an administrative district.


The municipality of Cascavel was emancipated on November 14, 1951, by state law n° 790, separating it from Iguaçu Falls.[2] For decades there was a discussion about whether this would be the proper date, as the installation of the first municipal government occurred only on December 14, 1952. However, in 2010, with the law n° 5.689, the discussion was put to rest.[3]


As the cycle of timber closed in the late 1970s, industrialization began along with increased agricultural activity and a rising service industry. In less than six decades, Cascavel went from a rest stop for travelers and trappers, to the largest municipality in western Paraná and one of the largest economic centers in souther Brazil.

List of Mayors

Name Terms
José Neves Formighieri December 14, 1952 to December 14, 1956
Helberto Edwino Schwarz December 14, 1956 to December 14, 1960
Octacílio Mion December 14, 1960 to December 14, 1964
Odilon Correia Reinhardt December 14, 1964 to January 31, 1969
Octacílio Mion January 31, 1969 to January 31, 1973
Pedro Muffato January 31, 1973 to January 31, 1977
Jacy Miguel Scanagatta February 1, 1977 to January 31, 1983
Fidelcino Tolentino February 1, 1983 to December 31, 1988
Salazar Barreiros January 1, 1989 to December 31, 1992
Fidelcino Tolentino January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1996
Salazar Barreiros January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2000
Edgar Bueno January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2004
Lísias Tomé January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2008
Edgar Bueno January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2012
Edgar Bueno, January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016

Source: Jornal Hoje[4]



Cascavel is located on the Third Plateau ("Terceiro Planalto") in the Western region of the state, with an altitude around 815 meters above sea level and an area of 2,091 km². The weather is sub-tropical, superhumid mesothermal with an average annual temperature around 19 °C. The average maximum temperature in January is 28.6 °C, and in July the average minimum is 11.2 °C, when frost may occur. There are several documented occurrences of snow, from the foundation of the city in 1951 as well as in the years 1957, 1960, 1964, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1992, 2000, 2006 and 2013. According to the climatic classification of Köppen, Cascavel is located in the Cfb climate region, featuring a mild climate. Within the Cfb climate category, the average temperature in the coldest month should stay below 19 °C (mesothermal), the summers should be fresh (average temperatures in the warmest month must be below 26 °C), and there should not be a dry season. Cascavel is an exception in the Third Plateau because most municipalities in the western region have Cfa climate. This is due to its relatively higher altitude which approaches altitudes of municipalities of the First and Second Plateaus. For example, the elevation of Foz do Iguaçu is just under 200 meters and Curitiba is around 950 meters. The lowest recorded high temperature was on July 17, 1975 when the maximum temperature reached 1.4 °C. The coldest recorded temperature was −6.2 °C on July 18, 1975. The maximum temperature recorded was 35.6 °C on March 12, 2005. Annual average precipitation is 1965 mm (77.362 inches).[5]

Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: IAPAR


According to the IBGE, the population of Cascavel is formed of the following ethnicities[6]

Ethnicity Percentage
White 70,15%
Black 2,59%
Brown 26,25%
Yellow 0,88%
Indigenous 0,27%

Evolution of the Population

The County has experienced significant population growth since its foundation, especially during the first decades. On the other hand, several municipalities were ultimately removed from Cascavel, which slightly reduced its demographic expansion.

Year Population Percent Change
1950 404 inhabitants
1960 39,598 inhabitants 9.701%
1970 89,921 inhabitants 127,08%
1980 163,459 inhabitants 81,78%
1991 192,990 inhabitants 18,07%
2000 245,369 inhabitants 27,14%
2010 286,172 inhabitants 16,63%
2013 305,615 inhabitants 6,79% *


Economic center of Cascavel

Cascavel is responsible for 26% of the total production of cereals in the state of Paraná. The main crops are soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, cotton, and beans. It is also a big producer of poultry, swine, and beef cattle.

Participation in the municipal GDP: Livestock raising: 5.95% Industry: 16.63% Services: 77.42%

The main industries are food processing, chemicals, metallurgy, and beverages.

Square in Cascavel

It is the terminus of a metre-gauge railway line that goes to the port of Paranaguá.


The city is served by Adalberto Mendes da Silva Airport.



Cascavel is also a very important college center.

List of universities


External links

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