Jakarta Population Reached 10 Million in 2014

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Jakarta (Greeners) – DKI Jakarta’s Population and Civil Registration Agency recorded a total of 10,015,712 people registered as citizens, — 10,012,271 people are Indonesians and 3,441 people are foreigners –.

Head of the agency Sapto Wibowo explained that most populated sub-district is Anyar of West Jakarta with a total of 89,853 people per square kilometer.

“Meanwhile, the largest population is Kapuk sub-district, North Jakarta, with 150,410 people,” said Sapto, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (13/10).

Urban planning expert of Trisakti University Nirwono Joga, said that increasing population in Jakarta was mostly driven by its attractiveness as the Capital City with massive infrastructure and developments as central administration.

“Like it or not, Jakarta will continue to serve as magnet for people outside Jakarta areas which are less developing,” said Nirwono.

In addition, though current trend of upper middle class choose to live in outskirts of Jakarta, such as Depok, Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi, people are still coming to Jakarta to work. It means that they are no longer adding to the city’s population.

At this moment, Nirwono said, Jakarta has yet to develop and manage its spatial planning. Meanwhile, vertical housing such as low cost apartment, integrated housing system with school, park, office, and other public facilities are being demanded in urban areas.

“The system will encourage people to use bikes rather than cars. Furthermore, this system can be expanded in Jakarta greater areas. It will bring significant impacts. As Jakarta can accommodate more people, its environment can be protected,” he said.

Report by Danny Kosasih