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Coat of arms of Montpellier
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Montpellier
Intercommunality Montpellier
Mayor Hélène Mandroux-Colas
Elevation 7–118 m (23–387 ft)
(avg. 27 m or 89 ft*)
Land area1 56.88 km2 (21.96 sq mi)
Population2 255,080  (2009)
 - Ranking 8th in France
 - Density 4,485/km2 (11,620/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34172/ 34000, 34070, 34080, 34090
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°36′43″N 3°52′38″E / 43.6119°N 3.8772°E / 43.6119; 3.8772

Montpellier is a city in south of France. About 280,000 people live there. It is the 8th largest city in France. It has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Koeppen climate classification).


A campus of the École nationale de l'aviation civile (French civil aviation academy) is in Montpellier. The computer science school École pour l'informatique et les nouvelles technologies and E-Artsup are also in the city.

The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the world.


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