A relatively new state located in northern Brazil, Tocantins was created in 1989 and its capital, Palmas, is the youngest capital city in Brazil. This states economy is based on commerce, agriculture and livestock. Tocantins is strategically placed to assist the development of cities that surround it, while natural landscapes are less profuse than in other regions of Brazil. The city of Palmas is undergoing a great deal of construction to create a brand new capital with a modern infrastructure. Growth is surging onwards, while the city boasts the lowest crime rates in Brazil. In and around Palmas, homebuyers and visitors enjoy waterfalls, ecological reserves and varied flora and fauna, as well as fine sandy beaches. While in other parts of Brazil it rains heavily between July and September (winter), in Palmas it is summer, making it a popular location for holiday property, particularly in view of easy access via its national airport at Palmas.