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The Château de Chinon, and the Vienne river
The Château de Chinon, and the Vienne river
Coat of arms of Chinon
Coat of arms
Chinon is located in France
Location within Centre-Val de Loire region
Chinon is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Coordinates: 47°10′04″N 0°14′37″E / 47.1678°N 0.2436°E / 47.1678; 0.2436Coordinates: 47°10′04″N 0°14′37″E / 47.1678°N 0.2436°E / 47.1678; 0.2436
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Luc Dupont[1]
39.02 km2 (15.07 sq mi)
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Chinonais / Chinonaises
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37072 /37500
Elevation27–112 m (89–367 ft)
(avg. 37 m or 121 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.

Chinon is a French commune. It is in the west of the Indre-et-Loire department in the Centre-Val de Loire region, to the southwest of Paris, and is a subprefecture in the department. It is also the capital of the arrrondissement of Chinon and the administrative centre of the Chinon canton.

Chinon is in the valley of the Loire river, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

History[change | change source]

The historic town of Chinon is on the banks of the Vienne river about 10 kilometres (6 mi) from where it joins the Loire.

Geography[change | change source]

The city of Chinon is along the Vienne river, near the confluence with the Loire river. The commune has an area of 39.0 km2 (15.1 sq mi).[2] Its average altitude is 70 m (230 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 50 m (160 ft).[3]

The distances from Chinon to other cities are:[4]

Chinon and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Chinon

The commune of Chinon is surrounded by the communes:

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Chinon, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[4]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Chinon are known, in French, as Chinonais (women: Chinonaises).[5]

With a population of 8,073,[6] Chinon has a population density of 207 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Chinon

Administration[change | change source]

Chinon is a subprefecture of the Indre-et-Loire department, the capital of the arrondissement of Chinon and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Chinon, with 34,893 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Chinon, Vienne et Loire (French: Communauté de communes Chinon, Vienne et Loire).

Gallery[change | change source]

Chinon: View of the castle and of the old city across the Vienne river.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Le conseil municipal" (in French). Ville de Chinon. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. "Commune de Chinon (37072) - Comparateur de territoire". Publications et statistiques pour la France ou les régions (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. "The city of Chinon". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ville de Chinon". (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. "Indre-et-Loire" (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  6. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 July 2017.

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