Introduction to Brazil, Indiana

Located in Clay county, Brazil, Indiana, is 15 miles E of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center) and 54 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana. Part of the surrounding Terre Haute metro area, the city is close by to other areas. Brazil is home to 8,188 residents.

Brazil History

The city of Brazil was founded in 1866. It was named after the country of Brazil, as at the time Brazil was a country constantly in the news. As of now, Brazil is a part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clay county, which was formed in 1825, originally had Bowling Green as its county seat; the county seat was relocated to Brazil in 1876, following the city's incredible development.

Brazil and nearby Attractions

  • Bille Creek Village
  • Forest Park
  • Eugene V. Debs Home
  • Hulman Links Golf Course
  • Cataract Falls State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Brazil

The Forest Park houses the Fountain of the Contos, an original replica of the fountain in Ouro Preto, Brazil. The Community Theatre of Clay County, Cataract Falls State Recreation Area, and Eugene V. Debs Home are in the area. The golf courses in the city are the Hulman Links Golf Course, Hoosier Hills Golf Club, and Marks Par-3 Golf Course. The city hosts a number of local celebrations such as the Clay County Popcorn Festival in October and Rotary Festival in July.

Brazil Transportation

Terre Haute International-Hulman Field Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Brazil Higher Education

Higher education is available at Depauw University, Indiana State University, and Ivy Tech State College-Wabash Valley.


Total Population 8,028
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,766
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $37,390
% Above Poverty Level 70.9%
% Below Poverty Level 29.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $71,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.5%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 10.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brazil Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles E of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Clay
Metro Area Terre Haute
Standard Zip Codes 47834
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.523
Longitude -87.125

Brazil Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Brazil, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alma Lake (47834)

Art (47834)

Asherville (47834)

Bee Ridge (47834)

Benwood (47834)

Billtown (47834)

Billville (47834)

Cardonia (47834)

Cloverland (47834)

Dick Johnson (47834)

Hoosierville (47834)

Lena (47834)

Prairie City (47834)

Rocky Fork Lake (47834)

Stearleyville (47834)

Turner (47834)

Wey Lake (47834)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carbon 463 $52,981
Harmony 719 $44,750
Knightsville 805 $51,146
Rosedale 656 $40,156
Seelyville 919 $57,639
Staunton 562 $48,929

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brazil Public Libraries

Brazil Pl
Brazil, Indiana
(812) 448-1981
Library Web Site

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Brazil Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(812) 442-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brazil High Schools

Serves 1,113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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