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Le Vigan
Town hall of Le Vigan
Town hall of Le Vigan
Coat of arms of Le Vigan
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gard
Arrondissement Le Vigan
Canton Le Vigan
Intercommunality Le Pays Viganais
Area
1
17.24 km2 (6.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
3,933
 • Density 228.13/km2 (590.86/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Viganais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
30350 /30120
Elevation 184–640 m (604–2,100 ft)
(avg. 412 m or 1,352 ft)
Website Mairie du Vigan
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Le Vigan (Occitan: Lo Vigan) is a commune in south central France in the region of Occitanie. It is a subprefecture of the Gard department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of the same name.

History

Since the creation of the Gard department on 4 March 1790, Le Vigan has been a subprefecture of the department.

Geography

Le Vigan is at the south of the Massif Central and near the Mont Aigoual, in the valley of the Arre, a right tributary of the Hérault river. The Arre flows through the town.

Le Vigan has an area of 17.2 km2 (6.6 sq mi), and its average altitude is 412 m (1,352 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 233 m (764 ft).

The commune of Le Vigan is surrounded by the communes Aulas, Avèze, Saint-André-de-Majencoules, Roquedur, Saint-Bresson, Pommiers and Mandagout.

Le Vigan and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Le Vigan

Le Vigan is part of the Cévennes National Park (French: Parc national des Cévennes).

Climate

The climate of Le Vigan, in the Köppen climate classification, is Csa - Mediterranean climate with hot summers.

Population

The inhabitants of Le Vigan are known, in French, as Viganais (women: Viganaises).

With a population of 3,933, Le Vigan has a population density of 228 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Le Vigan

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Le Vigan forms, with other 6 communes, the urban area of Le Vigan with a population of 7,184 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 81.4 km2 (31.4 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Le Vigan, formed by 15 communes with a population of 8,996 inhabitants and an area of 204.0 km2 (78.8 sq mi).

Administration

Le Vigan is a subprefecture of the Gard department, the capital of the arrondissement of Le Vigan and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton Le Vigan; the canton has 23,033 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Le Pays viganais.

Sister cities

Le Vigan is twinned with:

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