Hello again, Jaime and welcome back to Just Answer.Timbuktu is indeed a place where people actually live and as of the 2009 census, it had a population of 54,453. It is a town in the West African nation of Mali and the town is the capital of the Timbuktu Region, one of the eight administrative regions of Mali. It became a permanent settlement in the 12th century, after first being a temporary settlement along a prosperous trade route. Today, it is quite an impoverished town and suffers from droughts and floods, religious wars and governmental struggles.You can read more in depth about the illustrious history and current state of Timbuktu, here: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/596022/Timbuktu
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