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Hôtel de ville de Périgueux.jpg
Périgueux town hall
Coat of arms of Périgueux
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Périgueux
Intercommunality Le Grand Périgueux
Mayor Antoine Audi
Elevation 75–189 m (246–620 ft)
(avg. 106 m or 348 ft*)
Land area1 9.82 km2 (3.79 sq mi)
Population2 29,906  (2012)
 - Density 3,045/km2 (7,890/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24322/ 24000
Website perigueux.fr
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: 45°11′34″N 0°43′18″E / 45.1929°N 0.7217°E / 45.1929; 0.7217

Périgueux (Occitan: Perigüers) is a commune in Aquitaine in south-western France, 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.


With a population of 29,906, Périgueux has a population density of 3,045 inhabitants/km2.

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


Périgueux is a préfecture in the Dordogne department since 1790.

The commune is part of two cantons:

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


Twin towns

Périgueux is twinned with:

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