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Largentière
A view of Largentière.
A view of Largentière.
Coat of arms of Largentière
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Intercommunality Val de Ligne
Area
1
7.22 km2 (2.79 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
1,734
 • Density 240.17/km2 (622.0/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Largentiérois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
07132 /07710
Elevation 147–420 m (482–1,378 ft)
(avg. 284 m or 932 ft)
Website www.largentiere.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Largentière (Occitan: L'Argentièira) is a commune in the Ardèche department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It is a subprefecture of the department.

Name

Its name, used since the thirteenth century in place of its more ancient name Segualeriae (Ségualières), refers to the silver mines in the area between the tenth and fifteenth centuries.

Geography

The commune of Largentière is in the southern part of the Ardèche department, in the narrow valley of the Ligne river, a short right tributary of the Ardèche river.

The commune has an area of 7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi), and its average altitude is 284 m (932 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 240 m (790 ft).

The distances from Largentière to other cities are:

Largentière and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Largentière

Largentière is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

The Köppen climate classification type for the climate at Largentière is an "Oceanic climate" (also known as Maritime Temperate climate) and of the subtype "Cfb".

Population

The inhabitants of Largentière are known, in French, as Largentiérois (women: Largentiéroises).

With a population of 1,734, Largentière has a population density of 240 inhabitants/km2. It is the second smallest subprefecture in France after Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department that has only 1,541 inhabitants (2014).

Evolution of the population in Largentière

Administration

Largentière is a subprefecture of the Ardèche department since 1800. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Largentière and is part of the canton Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

It is part of the intercommunality Val de Ligne, officially named as Communauté de communes Val de Ligne.

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