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In 2001, the town of Alem had 450 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.12 km², and contained 145 residences. The statistical area "Alem", which also can include the peripheral parts of the village, as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 660.
Until 1958, Alem, Maren en Kessel was a separate municipality, then part of the province of North Brabant. The villages of Maren and Maren-Kessel are now part of the municipality of Lith.