Saintes, Charente-Maritime

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Historic centre of Saintes.
Historic centre of Saintes.
Coat of arms of Saintes
Coat of arms
Saintes is located in France
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Saintes is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 45°44′47″N 0°38′00″W / 45.7464°N 0.6333°W / 45.7464; -0.6333Coordinates: 45°44′47″N 0°38′00″W / 45.7464°N 0.6333°W / 45.7464; -0.6333
IntercommunalityCA de Saintes
 • MayorJean-Philippe Machon[1]
45.55 km2 (17.59 sq mi)
 • Density550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17415 /17100
Elevation2–81 m (6.6–265.7 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 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.

Saintes is a French commune and historic town, a subprefecture in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. It is in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Saintes.

Before the French Revolution, Saintes was the capital of the old province of Saintonge.

Geography[change | change source]

Saintes is in the central eastern part of the Charente-Maritime department, in the old province of Saintonge, along the Charente river that flows through the commune from south to north.

The commune has an area of 45.6 km2 (17.6 sq mi),[2] and its average altitude is 42 m (138 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 20 m (66 ft).[3]

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

Saintes and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Saintes

The commune of Saintes is surrounded by the communes:

Climate[change | change source]

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

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Saintais (women: Saintaises).[5]

With a population of 25,149,[6] Saintes has a population density of 552 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Saintes

Administration[change | change source]

Saintes is a subprefecture of the Charente-Maritime department, the capital of the arrondissement of Saintes and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Saintes.

It is part of the intercommunality CA Saintes (French: Communauté d'agglomération de Saintes).

Twinned and partner towns[change | change source]

Saintes is twinned with:

Gallery[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Le maire et les adjoints" (in French). Ville de Saintes. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. "Commune de Saintes (17415)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. "City of Saintes". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ville de Saintes" (in French). Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. "Charente-Maritime" (in French). Retrieved 1 December 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 1 December 2017.

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