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Bali: Vital Stats

BALI POPULATION... BALI AREA... LARGEST TOWN AND ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER... INDONESIA POPULATION...

BALI POPULATION (2006): 3.3 million

BALI AREA: 2,147 square miles (seven times the size of New York City), measuring 55 miles north to south and less than 90 miles east to west.

LARGEST TOWN AND ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER: Denpasar, with a population over 370,000.

INDONESIA POPULATION (2008 est.): 237.5 million

NUMBER OF VISITORS (2007): 2.1 million

KEY INDUSTRIES: Crafts, apparel, furniture, accessories, hotels, tourism and farming.

MAIN APPAREL EXPORT MARKET: Japan

TOP BALINESE FASHION FIRMS: Uluwatu, Animale, Paul Ropp and Mama Leon.

RETAIL RENT: $4.45 a square foot and up annually, depending on location.

EXCHANGE RATE: U.S. $1 = 9,086.50 Indonesian rupiah

LOCATION: An island in the Republic of Indonesia, Bali is south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the Lesser Sunda Islands in the East.

FLYING TIME FROM BALI:

To Jakarta: 1.5 hours

To Singapore and Perth, Australia: 2.5 to 3 hours

To Hong Kong: 4.5 hours

To Sydney/Melbourne: 5.5 to 6 hours

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES: 68 to 93 degrees, year-round.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel rooms cost $20 for a basic room to $700 to $1,200 a day for cottages with private pool and five-star service around the clock.

EATING OUT: Breakfast is $8 to $30, lunch or dinner is $20 to $80 or more per person. At open food stalls, meals are just a few thousand rupiah.

• Bali has a chain of six volcanoes ranging west to east. Beaches in the south have white sand, while beaches in other parts of the island are covered with gray or black volcanic sand.

• Textiles, garments and handicrafts are home industries that are the backbone of Bali’s economy, providing 300,000 jobs with exports growing 15 percent annually to more than $400 million. Textiles and garments represent 45 percent of Bali’s income from exports.

• The large majority of the population are Hindus, but the number of Muslims is increasing as people from other areas of Indonesia seek work in Bali. Most people live in coastal areas in the south.

SOURCES: BPS (CENTRAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS) BALI OFFICE, XE CURRENCY SITE, CIA WORLD FACTBOOK, BALIGUIDE.COM, BALISPECIAL.COM, BALITOURISMBOARD.ORG.