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Agen
Prefecture and commune
Historical center of Agen.
Historical center of Agen.
Flag of Agen
Flag
Coat of arms of Agen
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Lot-et-Garonne
Arrondissement Agen
Canton Agen-1, 2, 3 and 4
Intercommunality CA Agen
Area1 11.49 km2 (4.44 sq mi)
Population (2014) 34,126
 • Density 2,970.1/km2 (7,692/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 47001 /47000
Elevation 37–162 m (121–531 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 ft)
Website www.agen.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Agen is a commune in southwestern France, in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is the prefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department and the capital of the arrondissement of Agen.

The Agenais, the region where is the commune, is a natural region of the old province of Aquitaine, now in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Geography

Agen is in the southeast of the Lot-et-Garonne department, on the right (eastern) side of the Garonne river and close to the Canal de Garonne. The city is at about 115 km (71 mi) from Toulouse and 140 km (87 mi) from Bordeaux.

The commune has an area of 11.5 km2 (4.4 sq mi). Its average altitude is 100 m (330 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 50 m (160 ft).

Agen and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Agen

Agen is surrounded by the communes Colayrac-Saint-Cirq, Foulayronnes, Pont-du-Casse, Bon-Encontre, Boé and Le Passage.

Climate

The climate of Agen is Marine West Coast Climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.

Climate data for Agen - La Garenne (47), France
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.5
(47.3)
10.8
(51.4)
13.6
(56.5)
16.4
(61.5)
20.2
(68.4)
23.8
(74.8)
26.9
(80.4)
26.2
(79.2)
24.1
(75.4)
19.0
(66.2)
12.5
(54.5)
8.8
(47.8)
17.57
(63.62)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
6.7
(44.1)
8.6
(47.5)
11.3
(52.3)
14.8
(58.6)
18.2
(64.8)
20.8
(69.4)
20.2
(68.4)
18.0
(64.4)
14.0
(57.2)
8.6
(47.5)
5.6
(42.1)
12.66
(54.79)
Average low °C (°F) 3.1
(37.6)
4.5
(40.1)
5.0
(41)
6.7
(44.1)
10.6
(51.1)
13.2
(55.8)
15.4
(59.7)
15.1
(59.2)
13.0
(55.4)
10.6
(51.1)
6.6
(43.9)
4.0
(39.2)
8.98
(48.17)
Rainfall mm (inches) 65.8
(2.591)
65.5
(2.579)
56.6
(2.228)
59.7
(2.35)
79.7
(3.138)
60.2
(2.37)
49.6
(1.953)
56.3
(2.217)
48.5
(1.909)
57.1
(2.248)
55.3
(2.177)
61.8
(2.433)
716.1
(28.193)
Source: Infoclimat [1]

Population

The inhabitants of Agen are known, in French, as Agenais (women: Agenaises).

With a population of 34,126, Agen has a population density of 2,970 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Agen

Agen forms, together with other 15 communes, the urban area of Agen with a population of 81,110 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 224.1 km2 (86.5 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Agen, formed by 64 communes, with a population of 112,801 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 951.3 km2 (367.3 sq mi).

Administration

Agen is the prefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department since 1790. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Agen and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of 4 cantons:

  1. Agen-1, formed with a part of Agen and the communes Bajamont, Foulayronnes and Pont-du-Casse, with 16,720 inhabitants (2014).
  2. Agen-2, formed with a part of Agen and the communes Boé and Bon-Encontre, with 13,830 inhabitants (2014).
  3. Agen-3, formed with a part of Agen, with 16,606 inhabitants (2014).
  4. Agen-4, formed with a part of Agen and the commune Le Passage, with 18,686 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Agen (French: Communauté d'agglomération d'Agen).

Twin towns

Agen is twinned with:

Miscellaneous

Agen is the "capital of the prune", a local produce sold as a sweet (stuffed with prune purée) or as an after-dinner delight (prunes soaked in Armagnac – a type of brandy). Every September, the Prune festival organizes rock concerts, circuses and prune tasting.

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