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s of the
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currently has 5,570 municipalities, which, given the 2019 population estimate of 210,147,125, makes an average municipality population of 37,728 inhabitants. The average state in Brazil has 214 municipalities.
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is the least subdivided state, with 15 municipalities, while
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is the most subdivided state, with 853. The
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cannot be divided into
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, which is why its territory is composed of several
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. These regions are directly managed by the government of the Federal District, which exercises constitutional and legal powers that are equivalent to those of the
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, as well as those of the
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, thus simultaneously assuming all the obligations arising from them. The 1988 Brazilian Constitution treats the municipalities as parts of the Federation and not simply dependent subdivisions of the states. Each municipality has an autonomous local government, comprising a mayor (''prefeito'') and a legislative body called municipal chamber (''
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''). Both the local government and the legislative body are directly elected by the population every four years. These elections take place at the same time all over the country; the last
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were held on November 15, 2020. Each municipality has the constitutional power to approve its own laws, as well as collecting taxes and receiving funds from the state and federal governments. However, municipal governments have no judicial power
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, and courts are only organised at the state or federal level. A subdivision of the state judiciary, or ''
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'', can either correspond to an individual municipality or encompass several municipalities. The seat of the municipal administration is a nominated city (''cidade''), with no specification in the law about the minimum population, area or facilities. The city always has the same name as the municipality, as they are not treated as distinct entities. Municipalities can be subdivided, only for administrative purposes, into districts (normally, new municipalities are formed from these districts). Other populated sites are villages, but with no legal effect or regulation. Almost all municipalities are subdivided into neighbourhoods (''
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s''), although most municipalities do not officially define their neighbourhood limits (usually small cities in the
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). Municipalities can be split or merged to form new municipalities within the borders of the state, if the population of the involved municipalities expresses a desire to do so in a
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. However, these must abide by the
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, and forming
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or seceding from the state or union is expressly forbidden. __NOTOC__


* Municipalities of Acre (AC) * Municipalities of Alagoas (AL) * Municipalities of Amapá (AP) * Municipalities of Amazonas (AM)


* Municipalities of Bahia (BA)


* Municipalities of Ceará (CE)


* Municipalities of Espírito Santo (ES)


* Municipalities of Goiás (GO)


* Municipalities of Maranhão (MA) * Municipalities of Mato Grosso (MT) * Municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS) * Municipalities of Minas Gerais (MG)


* Municipalities of Pará (PA) * Municipalities of Paraíba (PB) * Municipalities of Paraná (PR) * Municipalities of Pernambuco (PE) * Municipalities of Piauí (PI)


* Municipalities of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) * List of municipalities in Rio Grande do Norte, Municipalities of Rio Grande do Norte (RN) * List of municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul, Municipalities of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) * List of municipalities in Rondônia, Municipalities of Rondônia (RO) * List of municipalities in Roraima, Municipalities of Roraima (RR)


* List of municipalities in Santa Catarina, Municipalities of Santa Catarina (SC) * List of municipalities in São Paulo, Municipalities of São Paulo (SP) * List of municipalities in Sergipe, Municipalities of Sergipe (SE)


* List of municipalities in Tocantins, Municipalities of Tocantins (TO)

See also

*Lists of cities *List of largest cities in Brazil *List of municipalities of Brazil


External links

* *
Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics
{{Articles on second-level administrative divisions of South American countries Municipalities of Brazil, Lists of municipalities in Brazil, * Subdivisions of Brazil Second-level administrative divisions by country, Municipalities, Brazil