The city was founded in 1611 for Village Jesuítas of indians. Situated 100 km the northeast away from São Paulo, is the biggest city of the region of the Vale do Paraíba. The city is important tecnopólo automobile and telecommunications, warlike material, eletronics materials, metalurgica and headquaters of Aerospace Complex greater of Latin America. Here important multinationals are installed as Philips, Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors (GM), Petrobras, Ericsson, Monsanto, Embraer among others. In the Aerospace Complex the CTA is distinguished, INPE, IEAV, IAE and ITA. According to UN the city was classified as one of the 20 better cities of Brazil in the question quality of life. With its high gross income, long life expectancy and high level of infrastructure, São José dos Campos is a safe city that offers to a great variety of shoppings centers and services.