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Population diversity in Bonaire

In recent years, the island of Bonaire has been increasing its population mainly as a result of the immigration. According to Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) by 2011, 63% of population were born Antilleans, compared with 93% thirty years ago.

In the period 2001 – 2011 population increased 50% in Bonaire. By 2012 the total population was 17.408 inhabitants.

Population according to districts

Bonaire has six districts: Antriol, Nikiboko, Notrh Salina, Playa, Rincón and Tera Cora. In 2011, the population by district was:
• Antriol: 28% – This is the largest district of Bonaire. In 2011, the population there was 4.406 inhabitants. It was founded in 1626 by a group of Spaniards and Portuguese that were deported to the island.
• Nikiboko: 19% – This is the second largest district of Bonaire; by 2011 the population was 2.932 inhabitants.
• North Salina: 16% – By 2010, the district of North Salina had 2.561 inhabitants, and the highest growth rate. Residents of this district are well-known by their Indian appearance.
• Playa: 13% – the translation is Beach, Playa is the name used for the center of Bonaire. In 2011 the district had 2.065 inhabitants. Kralendijk, the capital city is located in Playa. Its name is a corruption of Koralendijk, which means Coral Dike, and refers to the coral soil on which the city is built.
• Rincon: 12% – According to CBS, by 2011, Rincon had the largest share of Antilleans: 90%; while Playa had the highest percentage of foreigners 50%. Also in 2011, Rincon had 1.841 inhabitants. This is the oldest town of Bonaire and was the first Spanish settlement in 1527. For the residents of Bonaire, Rincon is still considered as the cradle of the island’s culture and celebrated in many festivals during the year.
• Tera Cora: 12% – By 2011, this district had 1.861 inhabitants, it was named like that in the early 20th century because of the special red coral of the soil.

Tourist’s diversity

Being well-known by their coral reefs, a Flamingo Sanctuary and many other sites and activities, Bonaire has a natural harbor and two piers where cruise ships can go.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2012, 82.000 tourists came to Bonaire by plane, averaged 6,8 thousand per month. 39% came from the Netherlands and 24% from the US.

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