Bali Population 2021
Bali is an island city that is a province of Indonesia. The city has become known as a center for culture in Indonesia, and its role as a popular tourist destination has boosted its economy, making it a desirable place to live. This can be seen by the population growth that it has experienced in recent years, with current estimates placing the estimation at over 4.2 million.
Size of Bali
Bali covers an area of 5,780 square kilometers.
One of the most important things to note about Bali’s demographics is that it is home to the largest Hindu minority in Indonesia. About 83.5% of the population follows Balinese Hinduism. Other religions practiced in Bali include Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam.
The city is home to a large number of expatriates, with an estimated 30,000 living on the island. The most widely spoken languages are Balinese and Indonesian, although Indonesian is the only official language. Most residents can speak two or three languages. English and Chinese are the primary foreign languages spoken, mainly because of the city’s role in tourism.
Most of the people that live in Bali are Balinese, accounting for 90% of the population. Other ethnic groups include Javanese, Baliaga, and Madurese.
A DNA study was conducted in 2005 which found that approximately 84% of Balinese people were of Austronesian descent, 12% were of Indian origin, and 2% were of Melanesian origin.
Bali’s history is thought to have begun around 2000 BC by migrants from Southeast Asia and Oceania. From its early beginnings, Bali was strongly influenced by Indian, Hindu and Chinese culture.
Europeans first arrived at the island in 1512. The Dutch came in 1597, and hundreds of years later, began exercising political and economic control over the island. In the late 1800s, Balinese kingdoms were exploited for the Dutch to gain more power. In the early 1900s, the Dutch moved in to take over, and hundreds of Balinese people committed suicide to avoid surrendering. The Dutch later took administrative control over Bali but allowed the local government to retain control over religion and culture.
It wasn’t until the late 1940s when the country of Indonesia, including Bali, gained its independence from the Dutch. In the years that followed, the city faced some dark times, including the eruption of Mount Agung which displaced and killed thousands. There were also conflict among the social divisions in Indonesia, and attacks in the 2000s that had an impact on tourism.
However, the island has remained resilient and has bounced back. It remains a popular tourist destination for people all over the world, and tourism contributes to 80% of the local economy. It is also highly renowned for its arts and culture.
Bali Population Growth
The city’s population at the time of the 2010 Census was recorded as 3.89 million. However, estimates today put the population at over 4.2 million, showing that the island is experiencing significant population growth. Since the 1980s, the city has experienced rapid growth, and because of the island’s rich culture and history and economy that is significantly boosted by tourism, the population growth is only expected to climb higher in the years ahead.