is a municipality
located in the Belgian
province of Flemish Brabant
. The municipality comprises the city of Diest proper and the towns of Deurne, Kaggevinne, Molenstede, Schaffen en Webbekom. On January 1st, 2000 Diest had a total population of 22,132 (10,943 males and 11,189 females). The total area is 58.31 km²
which gives a population density
of 379.56 inhabitants per km².