Bantul (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈbantʊl]) is a regency located in the Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Java. The regency's population was 911,503 at the 2010 Census, but has risen to 947,568 according to the latest (January 2014) official estimate. Like many regencies on the island of Java, it is densely populated with roughly 1,865 people per square kilometre, although this is largely because the north of the regency partly surrounds the city of Yogyakarta and contains many suburban communities.
Bantul Regency in Special Administrative Region of Yogyakarta
|Coordinates: 07°44′04″S 110°12′34″E|
|Special Administrative Region||Yogyakarta|
|• Total||508.13 km2 (196.19 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (WIB)|
The regency is bordered by the city of Yogyakarta and Sleman regency to the north, the regency of Kulon Progo to the west, the Gunung Kidul Regency to the east and the Indian Ocean to the south. The town of Bantul is the administrative centre.
On 27 May 2006 an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck near Java's southern coast causing widespread damage. Bantul Regency was the region most affected by the disaster. Around 4,100 residents of Bantul Regency were killed, 12,000 were injured. 72,000 houses were destroyed, and 137,000 were damaged.
Bantul Regency is divided into 17 districts (kecamatan), listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census:
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- Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
- "Penyu Laut Mulai Bertelur di Pantai Selatan Yogyakarta". July 4, 2015.