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Bergerac
Bergerac across the Dordogne river
Bergerac across the Dordogne river
Coat of arms of Bergerac
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Bergerac
Intercommunality Bergerac Pourpre
Area
1
56.10 km2 (21.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)
27,972
 • Density 498.61/km2 (1,291.39/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bergeracois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24037 /24100
Elevation 12–146 m (39–479 ft)
(avg. 79 m or 259 ft)
Website www.ville-bergerac.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Bergerac (Occitan: Brageirac) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in Aquitaine, southwestern France.

It is the second biggest city of the department, after Périgueux.

Despite the similarities in their names, there is no connection to Cyrano de Bergerac, a French writer from Paris.

Geography

Bergerac is in the south of the Dordogne department, in the region named as Périgord Pourpre; the Dordogne river flows through the city.

The city is at about 48 km (30 mi) from Périgueux, 90 km (56 mi) from Agen, 93 km (58 mi) from Bordeaux and 110 km (68 mi) from Cahors.

It has an area of 56.10 km2 (21.66 sq mi) and its average altitude is 79 m (259 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 39 m (128 ft).

Bergerac and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Bergerac

Bergerac is surrounded by the communes Ginestet, Maurens, Lembras, Creysse, Cours-de-Pile, Saint-Nexans, Colombier, Monbazillac, Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes and Prigonrieux.

Climate

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

Population

With a population of 27,972, Bergerac has a population density of 499 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Bergerac are known, in French, as Bergeracois (women: Bergeracoises).

Administration

Bergerac is a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department since 1790.

The commune is part of two cantons:

  1. Bergerac-1, formed with a part of Bergerac; and
  2. Bergerac-2, formed with the remaining part of Bergerac and 9 other communes.

Economy

Bergerac is known for its wines and its tobacco. It has 12 recognized wine kinds that are Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC).

Twin towns

Bergerac is twinned with:

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