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Périgueux town hall
Périgueux town hall
Coat of arms of Périgueux
Coat of arms
Périgueux is located in France
Location in France
Périgueux is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Location in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Périgueux
Canton Périgueux-1
Intercommunality Le Grand Périgueux
9.82 km2 (3.79 sq mi)
 • Density 3,062.0/km2 (7,931/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pétrocoriens
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24322 /24000
Elevation 75–189 m (246–620 ft)
(avg. 106 m or 348 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Périgueux (Occitan: Perigüers) is a commune in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France. It is the capital, prefecture, of the Dordogne department.


Périgueux is in the centre of the Dordogne department, in the tourist region named as Périgord Blanc. The Isle river flows through the city.

The city is at about 68 km (42 mi) from Angoulême, 109 km (68 mi) from Limoges, 109 km (68 mi) from Agen, 109 km (68 mi) from Bordeaux and 100 km (62 mi) from Cahors.

The commune of Périgueux has an area of 9.82 km2 (3.79 sq mi) and its average altitude is 106 m (348 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 90 m (300 ft).

Périgueux and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Périgueux

Périgueux is surrounded by the communes Château-l'Évêque, Champcevinel, Trélissac, Boulazac, Notre-Dame-de-Sanilhac, Coulounieix-Chamiers, Marsac-sur-l'Isle and Chancelade.


Périgueux has an oceanic climate with template summers (Köppen climate classification: Cfb).


The inhabitants of Périgueux are known, in French, as Pétrocoriens (women: Pétrocoriennes). Another name for the inhabitants of Périgueux is Périgourdins.

With a population of 30,069 (2014), Périgueux has a population density of 3,062 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Périgueux

Périgueux forms, together with 8 other communes, the urban area of Périgueux with a population of 66,895 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 157.5 km2 (60.8 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Périgueux, formed by 55 communes with a population of 102,855 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 108.7 km2 (42.0 sq mi).


Périgueux is a prefecture of the Dordogne and the capital of the arrondissement of Périgueux.

The commune is the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of two cantons

  1. Périgueux-1, formed with a part of Périgueux; and
  2. Périgueux-2, formed with the remaining part of Périgueux.

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

Twin towns

Périgueux is twinned with:


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