Banten is a province on the island of Java, Indonesia. This province was formerly part of the Province of West Java, but was separated in 2000 and made a separate province, in accordance with the decision of Act No. 23 of 2000. The administrative center is in the town of Serang.
The province is the highest tier of local government subnational entity in Indonesia. Each province has its own local government, headed by a governor, and has its own legislative body. The governor and member of local representatives are elected by popular vote for five-year terms.
Serang (Kabupaten Serang) is a regency of Banten province, Indonesia. The administrative center of the regency and the capital of the province is the independent municipality of Serang (Kota Serang). The regency has an area of 1,734.095 km and an official intercensal estimated population of 1,866,512 in 2005 Serang is about 10 km from Old Banten, the province's former capital. Merak, a major port and ferry terminal, is located just west of the regency.
Tangerang is a city in Banten, Indonesia. It is located about 20 km west of Jakarta. It is the third largest urban center in the Jabotabek region after Jakarta and Bekasi. It has an area of 164.54 km² and an official intercensal estimated population of 1,537,244 for 2005. The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is located in the city.