Naturally, a city such as Ghent cannot easily be summed up in a few statistics. One must see Ghent, hear it, sample it and witness it. However, if you’re interested to know just how many people can call themselves ‘Gentenaars’ …


Latitude North: 51°4'
Longitude East: 3°42'


Afsnee (9051)
Drongen (9031)
Gent (9000)
Gentbrugge (9050)
Ledeberg (9050)
Mariakerke (9030)
Oostakker (9041)
Sint-Amandsberg (9040)
Sint-Denijs-Westrem (9051)
Wondelgem (9032)
Zwijnaarde (9052)


population figures: 257,944 (2016)
men: 128,212 (2016)
women: 129,732 (2016)

More statistics

50,000,000 metric tons of freight in the harbour of Ghent
2,743,142 visitors to monuments and museums (2016)
998,620 overnight stays in 2016
683,436 leisure overnight stays (2016)
186,258 conference overnight stays (2016)
128,926 business overnight stays (2016)65,000 students
72,542 students (2014)
2,013 hotelrooms
653 restaurants
620 cafes
250 different sorts of beer
74 parks
56 large and small market squares
38.8°C is the maximum temperature ever experienced in Ghent, on 27th June 1947
37 hotels
30 hectares of pedestrian space in the city centre; this is the largest in Belgium
26 ponds
23 museums
20 fountains
5 abbeys
3 beguinages
2 medieval castles
2 Mannekes Pis
1 Belfry (recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site)
1 ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’
1 Nobel Prize winner
the largest street festival in Europe (The Ghent Festivities)
Countless pints of beer are served each day and perhaps even more at night!
Number of hangovers? (ask the 72,500 students)
Countless varieties of sweets
At least 10 chocolate shops
Countless canals
Hundreds of historic buildings and churches
No other city in Belgium has as many classified buildings as Ghent
Top 5 countries of origin for the overnight stays: Belgium, the Netherlands, United kingdom, Germany and France
Top months: April, May, June, July, August, September and October

All in one amazing city!