It is in the suburban area of the city of Bordeaux. Like in many suburban cities, the population and urbanisation has increased much since the origins of the town.
Parts of Pessac, like vineyards and parks, though, remain rural. It is the place where wines called "Pessac Léognan" are produced. The commune contains several wine châteaux. The quality of the wines of this area are noticed since at least the eighteenth century, for example by great eighteenth century philosopher Montesquieu. They are many parks in Pessac, here are the main ones :
Pessac is one of the cities (Bordeaux, Pessac, Talence, Gradignan) where the Univerity of Bordeaux stands, on one of the bigest campuses in Europe. The University of Bordeaux is divided into several universities, and Pessac welcomes : -Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (politics) -Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (litteraure, languages, human sciences, communication, art) -Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV (law, economics)
It is the city of birth of early twentieth century cinema director Jean Eustache.