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Boom (Dutch pronunciation: [boːm]) is a Belgian town, located in both the arrondissement and province of Antwerp. On 1 January 2006 Boom had a total population of 16,096. The total area is 7.37 km² which gives a population density of 2,185 inhabitants per km². Residents are known as "Boomenaars".
|• Mayor||Jeroen Baert (N-VA)|
|• Governing party/ies||N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld|
|• Total||7.37 km2 (2.85 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2017)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)|
|Area codes||03, 015|
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 miraculous statue of our lady of Boom.
Because of the presence of clay around Boom, the region is well known for and has many clay pits and brick factories.
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- Peter Dens (1690), Catholic theologian.
- Egidius Aerts (1822–1853), flautist and composer
- Bobbejaan Schoepen (1925), singer-songwriter, guitarist and art whistler. He was also an actor, fantasist and founder of the Bobbejaanland amusement park in Belgium.
- Herbert Flack, actor.
- Luc Van der Kelen (1948), journalist at Het Laatste Nieuws.
- Roland Van Campenhout, musician.
- Bavo Claes (1949), former news anchor.
- Glen De Boeck (1971), football player and coach.
- Bjorn Vleminckx (1986), football player.
- Kevin Seeldraeyers (1986), cyclist.
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- K. Rupel Boom F.C.: Football club, currently playing in the Belgian Third Division.
- Kangeroes Boom: Basketball club, currently playing in the second division.
- Braxgata: Hockey club, currently playing in the first division. Hockey club of the year by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) in 2009.
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