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Subprefecture and commune
Historic centre of Altkirch.
Historic centre of Altkirch.
Coat of arms of Altkirch
Coat of arms
Altkirch is located in France
Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Altkirch
Canton Altkirch
Intercommunality Altkirch et Environs
 • Mayor (2017-2020) Nicolas Jander
Area1 9.54 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 5,738
 • Density 601.5/km2 (1,557.8/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Altkirchois
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 68004 /68130
Elevation 274–392 m (899–1,286 ft)
(avg. 333 m or 1,093 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Altkirch is a commune in Alsace in north-eastern France, in the Haut-Rhin department, of which it is a subprefecture. It is in the Grand Est region. Its name comes from the German Alte Kirche ("old church").

Geography[change | change source]

Altkirch is in the south of the Haut-Rhin department. The Ill river, a left tributary of the Rhine river, flows through the commune.

It has an area of 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi).[1] Its average altitude is 333 m (1,093 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 290 m (950 ft).[2]

The distances from Altkirch to other cities are:[3]

Altkirch and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Altkirch

The commune of Altkirch is surrounded by the communes:

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Altkirch, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[3]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Altkirch are known, in French, as Altkirchois (women: Altkirchoises).[4]

With a population of 5,738,[5] Altkirch has a population density of 601 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Altkirch

Administration[change | change source]

Altkirch is a subprefecture in the Haut-Rhin department since 1800. It is the capital of the Altkirch arrondissement and is also the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Altkirch formed by 64 communes, with 47,552 inhabitants (2014).[6]

Twin towns[change | change source]

Altkirch is twinned with:

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Commune d'Altkirch (68004)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  2. "City of Altkirch". Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ville d'Altkirch". (in French). Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  4. "Habitants du départment: Haut-Rhin" (in French). Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  5. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  6. "Commune d'Altkirch (68004)". Géographie administrative et d’étude (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 

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