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Angoulême
Prefecture and commune
Angoulême, a view from Hirondelle golf course
Angoulême, a view from Hirondelle golf course
Coat of arms of Angoulême
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente
Arrondissement Angoulême
Canton Angoulême-1, 2 and 3
Intercommunality Grand Angoulême
Area1 21.85 km2 (8.44 sq mi)
Population (2014) 41,955
 • Density 1,920.1/km2 (4,973.1/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Angoumoisin (m)
Angoumoisine (f)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 16015 /16000
Elevation 27–130 m (89–427 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 ft)
Website Mairie de Angoulême
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Angoulême (Occitan: Engoleime) is a commune in southwestern France in the Charente department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, of which it is its prefecture.

It was the capital of the old province of Angoumois.

Geography

The city of Angoulême is in the centre of the Charente department, on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente river.

It has an area of 21.9 km2 (8.5 sq mi). Its average altitude is 78 m (256 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 86 m (282 ft).

Distance from Angoulême to other cities
Bordeaux Toulouse Montpellier Lyon Nantes Paris Marseille
121 km (75 mi) 357 km (222 mi) 596 km (370 mi) 520 km (320 mi) 276 km (171 mi) 450 km (280 mi) 761 km (473 mi)
Angoulême and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Angoulême

The city of Angoulême is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

The climate of Angoulême, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.

Population

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Angoumoisins (women: Angoumoisines).

With a population of 41,955, Angoulême has a population density of 1,920 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Angoulême

Angoulême forms, together with other 17 communes, the urban area of Angoulême with a population of 108,624 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 202.4 km2 (78.1 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Angoulême, formed by 106 communes, with a population of 180,820 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 1,597.8 km2 (616.9 sq mi).

Administration

Angoulême is the prefecture of the Charente department, the capital of the arrondissement of Angoulême and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of three cantons:

  • Angoulême-1 formed by the commune Fléac and part of Angoulême, with 18,498 inhabitants (2014).
  • Angoulême-2 formed by the commune L'Isle-d'Espagnac and part of Angoulême, with 18,990 inhabitants (2014).
  • Angoulême-3 formed by the commune Soyaux and part of Angoulême, with 22,883 inhabitants (2014).

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

Twinned and partner towns

Angoulême is twinned with:

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