On January 1, 2007 the population of the entire island of Saint Martin was 74,852 inhabitants, 38,927 of whom lived on the Dutch side of the island, and 35,925 on the French side of the island. Although half-French and half-Dutch, English is the dominant language. A local dialect is spoken informally on both sides of the island. In addition there is an average of 1,000,000 tourist visitors per year.  As a tourist it was pleasing to find a mosque on this island.