Boom, Belgium

Boom (/bm/, BOHM; Dutch pronunciation: [boːm]) is a Belgian town, located in both the arrondissement and province of Antwerp. In 2021, Boom had a total population of 18,799. The total area is 7.37 km² (2.85 sq mi).[2] Residents are known as "Boomenaren".[3][4]

Boom
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Flag of Boom
Coat of arms of Boom
Boom is located in Belgium
Boom
Boom
Location in Belgium
Location of Boom in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°05′N 04°22′E / 51.083°N 4.367°E / 51.083; 4.367Coordinates: 51°05′N 04°22′E / 51.083°N 4.367°E / 51.083; 4.367
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceAntwerp
ArrondissementAntwerp
Government
 • MayorJeroen Baert (N-VA)
 • Governing party/iesN-VA, CD&V, Groen
Area
 • Total7.37 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total17,970
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Postal codes
2850
Area codes03, 015
Websitewww.boom.be

Since 2005, Boom has hosted the annual electronic dance music event Tomorrowland.[5]

HistoryEdit

 
Our Lady of Boom, ca 1910

Recorded history of this community started in the late 1300s. The population increase in Boom occurred some time during the 19th century. In Boom, people venerate a statue of the lady of Boom.

GeographyEdit

Boom is located between three big cities (Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent), and is situated along the Rupel river.

ClimateEdit

Boom has a oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb).

Climate data for Boom (1991−2020 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
7.6
(45.7)
11.2
(52.2)
15.4
(59.7)
19.0
(66.2)
21.8
(71.2)
23.8
(74.8)
23.7
(74.7)
20.1
(68.2)
15.4
(59.7)
10.4
(50.7)
7.1
(44.8)
15.2
(59.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
4.4
(39.9)
7.1
(44.8)
10.4
(50.7)
14.1
(57.4)
17.0
(62.6)
19.0
(66.2)
18.7
(65.7)
15.5
(59.9)
11.5
(52.7)
7.4
(45.3)
4.5
(40.1)
11.2
(52.2)
Average low °C (°F) 1.3
(34.3)
1.2
(34.2)
3.0
(37.4)
5.4
(41.7)
9.2
(48.6)
12.2
(54.0)
14.2
(57.6)
13.8
(56.8)
10.8
(51.4)
7.6
(45.7)
4.4
(39.9)
2.0
(35.6)
7.1
(44.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 71.2
(2.80)
61.7
(2.43)
54.5
(2.15)
41.8
(1.65)
58.0
(2.28)
70.6
(2.78)
79.7
(3.14)
84.8
(3.34)
70.5
(2.78)
67.8
(2.67)
78.2
(3.08)
87.7
(3.45)
826.6
(32.54)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12.6 11.7 10.5 8.9 10.1 10.2 10.6 10.8 10.1 11.1 12.9 13.9 133.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 62 78 135 189 218 219 224 211 164 117 67 52 1,735
Source: Royal Meteorological Institute[6]

EconomyEdit

Because of the presence of clay around Boom, the region is well known for and has many clay pits and brick factories.

Notable peopleEdit

EventsEdit

  • Tomorrowland: EDM World-famous and largest Dance Music festival in the world, that almost 2 million people have attended since its 2005 launch. Next Tomorrowland is scheduled to be held in July 2022.[5]
  • Feria Andaluza: Spanish festival in De Schorre.[7]

SportsEdit

MoviesEdit

The movie La Kermesse héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) directed by Jacques Feyder in 1935 takes place in the town of Boom.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 11005". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2007-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Tomorrowland". www.tomorrowland.com. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  6. ^ "Luchttemperatuur en neerslag Referentieperiode: 1991-2020" (PDF) (in Dutch). Royal Meteorological Institute. Retrieved July 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Yellow.Place. "Feria Andaluza - Spaans Festival Antwerpen - Antwerp, Belgium". Yellow.Place. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  8. ^ "Seniors" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  9. ^ Travers, James (2002). "Review of the film La Kermesse héroïque (1935)". frenchfilms.org. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  10. ^ "La Kermesse héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) | Reviews | guardian.co.uk Film". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 2021-12-07.

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