Bekasi is a city in West Java, Indonesia, located on the eastern border of Jakarta within the Jabodetabek. To the south is Bogor Regency, east is Bekasi Regency. It is Indonesia’s most populated suburb, and one of the most populated worldwide, but still trails the likes of Incheon and Yokohama.
It has an area of 210.49 square kilometres (81.27 sq mi) and had 1,993,478 people in 2005 The 2010 population was counted as 2,378,211, catapulting it to Indonesia’s fourth largest, and second to only Bandung in West Java. The latest official estimate (for 2014) is 2,510,951, giving a density of 11,929 inhabitants per square kilometre (30,900 /sq mi).
Substantial urban areas surround the city. It serves as a commuter city for Jakarta, although it has notable trade, business and processing industries. These are primarily clustered in the area of Karawang.
In recent years, many satellite cities have developed along the Jatibening/Cikunir — Tambun toll highway. These include Harapan Indah, Kemang Pratama, Taman Galaxy, and Grand Wisata.
There are several shopping centers in Bekasi. The largest is Mega Bekasi Hypermall (anchor tenant: Giant), Other shopping centers include: Metropolitan Mall. Grand Mall (anchor tenant: Hypermart), Blue Oasis City (anchor tenant: Carrefour), Bekasi Trade Centre, Bekasi Cyber Park (anchor tenant: Hari Hari Swalayan), Bekasi Square (anchor tenant: Carrefour), and Summarecon Mal Bekasi (anchor tenant: The Foodhall)
Hankook Tire of South Korea is building a US$353 million tire plant in Bekasi and planned to begin production in 2014.
There are two highway connections from the Jabodetabek urban area. The first is the Jakarta–Cikampek Toll Road, which has four exits in Bekasi. The other is the Jakarta Outer Ring Road, which provides access to Tangerang, Jakarta, and Bogor. Owing to its location as a satellite city of Jakarta, heavy rush hour traffic jams have become common on the roads between Jakarta and Bekasi. Efforts have been made to overcome these problems, mainly by widening the roads between Sumber Arta market and Bekasi Cyber Park along the Kalimalang river. The most recent traffic project is the planned Becakayu toll road, which will be an alternate to the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road. Its route will be Bekasi Utara-Cawang-Kampung Melayu.
The Central Government decided to give fund for 6 Bekasi's feeders of TransJakarta which will start the project in March 2012. All the routes will end at Kampung Rambutan Terminal, East Jakarta from Kebon Paya Ampera (2 routes), Bulak Kapal, Bekasi Trade Center (2 routes) and Joyo Martono street.
In addition to its numerous residential areas, there are several important industrial areas in Bekasi. These include the Jababeka and MM 2100 districts. Many large companies, such as Honda, Converse and Samsung, have factories in Bekasi. Approximately 500,000 laborers live in Cikarang, the capital city of the Bekasi regency.