|• Mayor||Danny Claeys (CD&V)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V, Vooruit-Groen|
|• Total||35.43 km2 (13.68 sq mi)|
|• Density||330/km2 (850/sq mi)|
Nazareth (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnaːzaːrɛt] (listen)) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Eke and Nazareth proper. In 2021, Nazareth had a total population of 11,844. The total area is 35.19 km2 which gives a population density of 320 inhabitants per km2.
There are various hypotheses for the origin of the name "Nazareth", dated to a text of songs from 1259 CE. It is possible that Nazareth was named after the biblical city of Nazareth. It is also possible, but less likely, that Nazareth was originally a slip of the word magherhet (thinness).
The community was first recorded in 1259.
The arms of Nazareth is a composition of two family crests: