Mechelen (Malines in French) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper and the towns of Heffen, Hombeek, Leest, Muizen and Walem. On January 1st, 2000 Mechelen had a total population of 75,438 (36,787 males and 38,651 females). The total area is 65.82 km² which gives a population density of 1,146.13 inhabitants per km². An old-fashioned English name for the town is Mechlin.