20th arrondissement of Paris

The 20th (or XXe or vingtième) arrondissement of Paris is the last of the consecutively numbered arrondissements of the capital city of France. Also known as Ménilmontant, it is located on the right bank of the River Seine and contains the city's cosmopolitan districts Ménilmontant and Belleville.

20th arrondissement of Paris

XXe arrondissement
City hall
City hall
Paris and its closest suburbs
Paris and its closest suburbs
Country France
 • MayorFrédérique Calandra
 • Total5.98 km2 (2.31 sq mi)
 • Total195,814
 • Estimate 
 • Density33,000/km2 (85,000/sq mi)
1 Population sans doubles comptes: single count of residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel).
Paris Coat of Arms
20 arrondissements
of Paris
17th 18th 19th
  8th 9th 10th 11th 20th
16th 2nd 3rd
1st 4th 12th
River Seine
  7th 6th 5th 13th
15th 14th

The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for the Père Lachaise Cemetery where one can find the tombs of many famous artists.


The land area of this arrondissement is 5.984 km2 (2.31 sq. miles, or 1,479 acres).


The population of Paris's 20th arrondissement peaked in 1936, when it had 208,115 inhabitants. Today it remains very dense in population and business activity with 197,067 inhabitants in 2009 and 54,786 jobs as of the last census in 1999.

Historical populationEdit

(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)
1872 92,772 15,503
1936 (peak of population) 208,115 34,779
1954 200,208 33,457
1962 199,310 33,307
1968 188,921 31,571
1975 175,795 29,378
1982 171,971 28,738
1990 184,478 30,829
1999 182,952 30,574
2009 197,067 32,954


Place of birth of residents of the 20th arrondissement in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
74.7% 25.3%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth1 EU-15 immigrants2 Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.9% 4.0% 3.1% 16.3%
1 This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France in 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.

2 An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


Places of interestEdit

Important districtsEdit

Government and infrastructureEdit

The Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) has its head office in the arrondissement.[2]


The humour publication Charlie Hebdo has its head office in the arrondissement.[3]


Senior high schools include:

Other institutions:


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (DGSE)". Service-public.fr (French government). Retrieved on 31 January 2014. "141, boulevard Mortier 75020 Paris"
  3. ^ "Contact Archived 2012-09-18 at the Wayback Machine." Charlie Hebdo. Retrieved on 21 September 2012. "Charlie Hebdo 26, rue Serpollet 75020 PARIS"

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 48°51′54.22″N 2°23′56.58″E / 48.8650611°N 2.3990500°E / 48.8650611; 2.3990500