Arrondissement of Saintes

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Arrondissement of Saintes
Location of Saintes in Charente-Maritime
Location of Saintes in Charente-Maritime
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
Communes89
SubrefectureSaintes
INSEE code174
Area
 • Total1,546.5 km2 (597.1 sq mi)
Population
(2014)
 • Total128,786
 • Density83/km2 (220/sq mi)

The arrondissement of Saintes is an arrondissement of France, in the Charente-Maritime department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Its capital is the city of Saintes.

History[change | change source]

When the Charente-Maritime department was created on 1790, the arrondissement of Saintes was part of that original department.[1]

It was the centre of the old province of Saintonge.

Geography[change | change source]

It is the largest of the arrondissements of the Charente-Maritime department but the third by population. It has an area of 1,546.5 km2 (597.1 sq mi),[2] and a population of 128,786 inhabitants for a density of 83.3 inhabitants/km².[3]

Saintes is in the central part of the department. It is bordered to the north by the arrondissement of Saint-Jean-d'Angély, to the east by the arrondissement of Cognac (Charente department), to the south by the arrondissement of Jonzac, to the southwest by the Gironde department (through the Gironde estuary), to the west and northwest by the arrondissement of Rochefort.

Composition[change | change source]

Cantons[change | change source]

After the reorganisation of the cantons in France,[4] cantons are not subdivisions of the arrondissements so they could have communes that belong to different arrondissements.

In the arrondissement of Saintes, there are only two cantons where all their "communes" are in the arrondissement: the Saint-Porchaire and Saintes cantons. The following table shows the distribution of the "communes" in the cantons and arrondissements:

Cantons and communes in the arrondissement of Saintes
INSEE
Code
Canton Arrondissements Total
Jonzac Rochefort La Rochelle Saintes Saint-Jean-d'Angély
1702 Chaniers 17 10 27
1718 Saint-Jean-d'Angély 3 2 36 41
1719 Saint-Porchaire 20 20
1720 Saintes 1 1
1721 Saintonge Estuaire 1 23 24
1722 Saujon 2 7 9
1724 Thénac 4 21 25

Communes[change | change source]

The arrondissement of Saintes has 89 communes; they are (with their INSEE codes):[5]

  1. Arces (17015)
  2. Balanzac (17030)
  3. Barzan (17034)
  4. Berneuil (17044)
  5. Beurlay (17045)
  6. Boutenac-Touvent (17060)
  7. Brie-sous-Mortagne (17068)
  8. Burie (17072)
  9. Bussac-sur-Charente (17073)
  10. Chaniers (17086)
  11. La Chapelle-des-Pots (17089)
  12. Le Chay (17097)
  13. Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet (17098)
  14. Chérac (17100)
  15. Chermignac (17102)
  16. La Clisse (17112)
  17. Colombiers (17115)
  18. Corme-Écluse (17119)
  19. Corme-Royal (17120)
  20. Courcoury (17128)
  21. Cozes (17131)
  22. Cravans (17133)
  23. Crazannes (17134)
  24. Dompierre-sur-Charente (17141)
  25. Le Douhet (17143)
  26. Écoyeux (17147)
  27. Écurat (17148)
  28. Épargnes (17152)
  29. Les Essards (17154)
  30. Floirac (17160)
  31. Fontcouverte (17164)
  32. Geay (17171)
  33. Gémozac (17172)
  34. Les Gonds (17179)
  35. Grézac (17183)
  36. La Jard (17191)
  37. Jazennes (17196)
  38. Luchat (17214)
  39. Médis (17228)
  40. Meursac (17232)
  41. Migron (17235)
  42. Montils (17242)
  43. Montpellier-de-Médillan (17244)
  44. Mortagne-sur-Gironde (17248)
  45. Nancras (17255)
  46. Nieul-lès-Saintes (17262)
  47. Pessines (17275)
  48. Pisany (17278)
  49. Plassay (17280)
  50. Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult (17284)
  51. Port-d'Envaux (17285)
  52. Préguillac (17289)
  53. Rétaud (17296)
  54. Rioux (17298)
  55. Romegoux (17302)
  56. Rouffiac (17304)
  57. Sablonceaux (17307)
  58. Saint-André-de-Lidon (17310)
  59. Saint-Bris-des-Bois (17313)
  60. Saint-Césaire (17314)
  61. Sainte-Gemme (17330)
  62. Saint-Georges-des-Coteaux (17336)
  63. Saint-Porchaire (17387)
  64. Sainte-Radegonde (17389)
  65. Saint-Romain-sur-Gironde (17392)
  66. Saint-Romain-de-Benet (17393)
  67. Saint-Sauvant (17395)
  68. Saint-Sever-de-Saintonge (17400)
  69. Saint-Simon-de-Pellouaille (17404)
  70. Saint-Sulpice-d'Arnoult (17408)
  71. Saint-Vaize (17412)
  72. Saintes (17415)
  73. Saujon (17421)
  74. Semussac (17425)
  75. Le Seure (17426)
  76. Soulignonne (17431)
  77. Talmont-sur-Gironde (17437)
  78. Tanzac (17438)
  79. Tesson (17441)
  80. Thaims (17442)
  81. Thénac (17444)
  82. Thézac (17445)
  83. Trizay (17453)
  84. La Vallée (17455)
  85. Varzay (17460)
  86. Vénérand (17462)
  87. Villars-en-Pons (17469)
  88. Villars-les-Bois (17470)
  89. Virollet (17479)

The communes with more inhabitants in the arrondissement are:

INSEE
code
Commune Population[3]
(2014)
Canton Intercommunality
17415 Saintes 25,149 Saintes CA de Saintes
17421 Saujon 7,221 Saujon CA Royan Atlantique
17086 Chaniers 3,543 Chaniers CA de Saintes
17228 Médis 2,855 Saujon CA Royan Atlantique
17172 Gémozac 2,818 Saintonge Estuaire Gémozac et de la Saintonge Viticole
17336 Saint-Georges-des-Coteaux 2,650 Saint-Porchaire CA de Saintes
17164 Fontcouverte 2,400 Chaniers CA de Saintes
17425 Semussac 2,335 Saujon CA Royan Atlantique
17131 Cozes 2,090 Saintonge Estuaire CA Royan Atlantique
17387 Saint-Porchaire 1,818 Saint-Porchaire Charente-Arnoult-Cœur de Saintonge

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Historique de la Charente-Maritime". Le SPLAF (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. "Arrondissement de Saintes (174)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  4. Décret n° 2014-269 du 27 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département de la Charente-Maritime
  5. "Arrondissement de Saintes (174)". Géographie administrative et d'étude (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 May 2017.

Coordinates: 45°45′00″N 0°38′00″W / 45.7500°N 0.6333°W / 45.7500; -0.6333