Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.194; area: 24,07 km². Settlements:
Hoogkarspel (seat), Oosterblokker, Westwoud.
The municipality is a merger of the former municipalities of Hoogkarspel,
Westwoud and Blokker on the 1st January 1979. From 1
Jan 1979 till 1 Jan 1980 it was named Bangert, then Drechterland. The name
Drechterland was originally the name of the "polderschap" (polder-board)
Drechtingher ambacht of Drechterland. This was abolished, but after the
municipal reorganisation the name revived. Drechterland was also one of
the four quarters of West-Friesland.
Jarig Bakker, 26 May 2003