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Niort

Panorama Niort.jpg
The old centre of Niort
Coat of arms of Niort
Administration
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Deux-Sèvres
Arrondissement Niort
Canton Niort-1
Niort-2
Niort-3
Intercommunality Le Niortais
Mayor Jérome Baloge
(2014–2020)
Statistics
Elevation 2–77 m (6.6–252.6 ft)
(avg. 40 m or 130 ft*)
Land area1 68.20 km2 (26.33 sq mi)
Population2 58,311  (2014)
 - Density 855/km2 (2,210/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 79191/ 79000
Website www.vivre-a-niort.com
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.

Niort is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France. It is a prefecture of the Deux-Sèvres department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Niort.

Geography

Niort is to the southwest of the Deux-Sèvres department on the left side of the Sèvre Niortaise river. The city is the main place to get into the Marais Poitevin, a large area of marshland in western France.

Niort is at about 41 km (25 mi) from Parthenay and about 64 km (40 mi) from Bressuire, the two subprefectures of the department.

The city is also at about 187 km (116 mi) from Bordeaux, 411 km (255 mi) from Paris, 827 km (514 mi) from Marseille and 423 km (263 mi) from Toulouse.

The commune has an area of 68.2 km2 (26.3 sq mi). Its average altitude is 40 m (130 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 28 m (92 ft).

Map of the commune of Niort

The commune of Niort is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

The climate of Niort is an oceanic climate with template summers, Cfb (Marine West Coast Climate) in the Köppen climate classification.

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Niort is 647.7 mm (25.5 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is September with 94 mm (3.7 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 25.4 mm (1.0 in).

The average temperature for the year in Niort is 12.5 °C (54.5 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 20.2 °C (68.4 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 5.5 °C (41.9 °F).

Population

The inhabitants of Niort are known, in French, as Niortais (women: Niortaises).

The population of Niort was about 58,000 in 2014.

Niort forms, with other 3 communes, the urban area of Niort with a population of 71,127 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 119.8 km2 (46.3 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Niort, formed by 76 communes with a population of 154,160 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 1,373.3 km2 (530.2 sq mi).

Administration

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

  • Niort-1, with 19,481 inhabitants (2014).
  • Niort-2, with 18,806 inhabitants (2014).
  • Niort-3, with 20,024 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Le Niortais (French: Communauté d'agglomération du Niortais).

Twinned and partner towns

Niort is twinned with:


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