Heffen

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Heffen is a village and deelgemeente in the municipality of Mechelen in the Belgian province of Antwerp.

Geography[edit]

Heffen occupies 6,95 km² and houses 2122 residents (1 january 2007). The village is located to the north-west of Mechelen at the river Zenne. Heffen was added to the municipality of Mechelen in 1976.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The parish church, devoted to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, dates back to the 14th century. Its baroque spire from 1755 was destroyed by lightning in 1865. Its octagonal spire from 1866 was demolished in 1899 and replaced by the current spire. The church and its surrounding churchyard are protected as a monument and a landscape.
  • The townhouse dating back to 1877.

Demographics[edit]

Evolution of the population[edit]

19th century[edit]

Year 1806 1816 1830 1846 1856 1866 1876 1880 1890
Population 815 800 920 952 933 902 969 1014 1109
Comment: result of census at 31/12

20th century to 1976 municipal reform[edit]

Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1947 1961 1970 1976
Population 1095 1224 1303 1341 1482 1615 1702 1669
Comment: results of census at 31/12 up until 1970 + 31/12/1976

Recent census results[edit]

Absolute numbers Percentage
Year 1997 2001 2004 1997 2001 2004
Total 1930 2021 2110 2,56 2,67 2,74
Youth (<25j) 657 653 674 34,04 32,31 31,94

Famous residents[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°02′N 04°25′E / 51.033°N 4.417°E / 51.033; 4.417