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Brussels in figures

This page has been automatically translated from French into English by a translation software. Automatic translations are not as accurate as translations made by professional human translators. Nevertheless these pages can help you understand information published by the City of Brussels.

A series of numbers is not enough to describe a city like Brussels, but they can help to understand its dimensions and importance. Some statistics and figures about Brussels.

Here is thus a summary of figures about the City of Brussels:

  • 1 national and European capital
  • 171.459 inhabitants (National Register on 1 August 2013)
  • surface of 32,61 km2
  • population density of 5062,5 habitants / km2
  • 163 nationalities
  • 296 km of public road network
  • an annual budget (running costs) of 676.5 million euro (2012) and nearly 99 million euro (investments) (2012)
  • 4.324 municipal agents working in 338 public buildings
  • 2.300 workers of the CPAS - OCMW (Public Welfare Centre)
  • 2.359 policemen and employees of the Zone Bruxelles-CAPITALE-Ixelles and 495 police vehicles
  • 350.000 commuters each day
  • 650 demonstrations a year
  • 3.700 teachers and 32.482 pupils depending on the municipal official education
  • 20 nurseries and 3 temporary nurseries, with a capacity of 1112 places
  • 79 French-speaking schools among which 15 nursery schools, 8 fundamental, 15 primary, 5 schools of special education, 14 secondary schools, 2 schools of superior education, 7 schools for secondary and/or higher education for social promotion, 1 school of part-time secondary art education, 11 Dutch-speaking schools
  • 5 museums and 2 archaeological sites
  • 17 libraries and 1 centre for youth literature
  • 10 houses for children, 5 youth clubs, 5 PMS centres, a prevention service for health at school, a mental health service, a centre for applied methodology and pedagogy, a swimming school and 4 meeting places for seniors
  • 42 green spaces of which 4 cemeteries
  • 39 public playgrounds and 4 cemeteries
  • 4 sports stadiums, 2 sports centres, 1 sports and cultural centre, 7 sporting halls, 13 multifunctional playing fields, 1 nautical centre and 3 swimming pools
  • 25 km of archives (in 2012), each year they grow with 350 meters and the Archives are visited by 2,000 readers

Population of the City of Brussels

The number of inhabitants of the City of Brussels (centre, Laeken, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren):

Year

Number of inhabitants

2000

136.673

2001

139.433

2002

139.433

2003

141.235

2004

142.849

2005

144.772

2006

145.880

2007

148.734

2008153.180
2009157.394
2010161.771

Population by quarter:

  • 34,35% in Laeken
  • 31,19% in the centre
  • 10,78% in Neder-Over-Heembeek
  • 9,46% in the North-East quarter
  • 5,74% in the Louise quarter
  • 5,64% in the North quarter
  • 2,84% in Haren

Statistics

More figures and statistics about the City of Brussels:

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