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Location of Budești
Location of Budești
Budești is located in Romania
Location of Budești
Coordinates: 44°13′48″N 26°27′0″E / 44.23000°N 26.45000°E / 44.23000; 26.45000Coordinates: 44°13′48″N 26°27′0″E / 44.23000°N 26.45000°E / 44.23000; 26.45000
Country  Romania
County Călărași County
Status Town
 • Mayor Lucia Lefter (National Liberal Party)
 • Total 93 km2 (36 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,024
 • Density 75.5/km2 (196/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Budești (Romani: Budeshti) is a small provincial town in Călărași County, approximately 30 km south-east of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Three villages are administered by the town: Aprozi, Buciumeni and Gruiu. Budești was the birthplace of famous Romanian violin player Ion Voicu. It has a population of 7,024 people. Near Budești, the Dâmbovița river flows into the Argeș River.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1992 10,044 —    
2002 9,596 −4.5%
2011 7,024 −26.8%
Source: Census data

According to the 2011 census, Budești is the Romanian town with the largest proportion of Romani. As one of two urban areas where Romani make up more than 20% of the total population, Budești is also the one of two towns in Romania where the Romani language has co-official status alongside Romanian, with education, signage and public service provided in both languages. 62% of the town's population is of Romanian ethnicity and 37.8% is of Romani ethnicity.

In terms of religion, 99.59% of the population declared themselves to be Romanian Orthodox at the 2002 census, 0.28% were Pentecostal, and 0.11% declared another religion.

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