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  • 112,045

  • 27,252

  • 14,5%

  • 87,7%

  • 97,6%

  • 92,6%

Paarl is Dutch for 'pearl'. The town was named after a round granite boulder called Paarl by Abraham Gabbema in October 1657 when he saw it glistening with dew in the morning sun. It is known as the location of the Taalmonument (monument to the Afrikaans language). (GPS coordinates: 33.731 S, 18.963 E).

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  • Coombe E & Slingsby P. 2000. Beard Shaver's Bush: Place Names in the Cape. Baardskeerder.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population112,045
Young (0-14)24,4%
Working Age (15-64)69,2%
Elderly (65+)6,4%
Dependency ratio44,4
Sex ratio95,1
Population density1734 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2%
Higher education aged 20+14,5%
Matric aged 20+32,1%
Number of households27,252
Average household size3,8
Female headed households34,3%
Formal dwellings86,9%
Housing owned/paying off55,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage92,6%
Weekly refuse removal95,4%
Piped water inside dwelling87,7%
Electricity for lighting97,6%

Place names

Drakenstein Municipality