Laren (ˈlaːrə(n)) is a town and municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. Located in the Gooi region, it is the oldest town in the area. Together with its neighbor Blaricum, Laren is one of the most affluent towns in the Netherlands.Nationally, Laren is well known for its history as a late 19th-century art colony, preserved in the museum Singer Laren, its retirement home for elderly artists Rosa Spier Huis, as well as its wide array of shops. Laren is part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area, situated east of Amsterdam.GovernmentThe municipal council of Laren consists of 15 seats, which since 2014 are divided as follows:Demographics
In 2007, Laren had the following demographic data:*Birth rate: 7.29 per 1,000
*Death rate: 17.94 per 1,000
*NGR: -1.07% per yearIn August 2017, there were 11,135 inhabitants in Laren. The municipality has a population density of 897/km2 (2,320/sq mi).Notable residents
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