Harbour of Huizen
Coat of arms
Location in North Holland
|Coordinates: 52°18′N 5°15′E|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Sicko Heldoorn (acting) (PvdA)|
|• Total||23.32 km2 (9.00 sq mi)|
|• Land||15.82 km2 (6.11 sq mi)|
|• Water||7.50 km2 (2.90 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|• Density||2,618/km2 (6,780/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The name "Huizen" is Dutch for "houses" and this usage has been linked to the belief that the first stone houses, instead of the more common sod houses at the time, in the region appeared here. Huizen is part of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam.
Huizen was originally an agricultural village, about 2 kilometres from the sea. During wintertime the farmers went fishing, which started the development from an agricultuur village to a coastal village with a thriving fishing industry, which was stimulated by building the harbour around 1850. After the damming of the Zuider Zee by the Afsluitdijk in 1932, the old sea was degraded to a mere freshwater lake, and economical activities shifted towards industry and commerce.
In the 1960s the town was designated to build substantially large residential areas, to overcome the housing shortage in the region. From then on, the village took on an influx of people and grew rapidly.
Huizen is part of the area 'Het Gooi'. 'Het Gooi' is known in the Netherlands as the home of the rich and famous.
Dutch Topographic map of Huizen (town), March 2014.
The municipal council of Huizen consists of 27 seats, which are divided as follows:
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- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.