Chapecó is a major city in the western area of the state of Santa Catarina, located 630 km west of Florianópolis, the capital of the state.
The city was founded by Italian immigrants on August 17, 1917. Most people are descendants of Italians and Germans.
The city has a relatively high standard of living, with an HDI of ~0.885. Its illiteracy rate is approximately 7%.
Its economy is based mainly on the raising of livestock and the meat processing and packing industry.