Altkirch (French: [altkiʁʃ] (listen), German: [ˈaltkɪʁç]; Alsatian: Àltkìrech) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.[2]

Altkirch
Àltkìrech  (Alemannic German)
The historic centre of Altkirch
The historic centre of Altkirch
Coat of arms of Altkirch
Location of Altkirch
Altkirch is located in France
Altkirch
Altkirch
Altkirch is located in Grand Est
Altkirch
Altkirch
Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentHaut-Rhin
ArrondissementAltkirch
CantonAltkirch
IntercommunalityCC Sundgau
Government
 • Mayor (2020-2026) Nicolas Jander
Area
1
9.54 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
5,659
 • Density590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
68004 /68130
Dialling codes0389
Elevation274–392 m (899–1,286 ft)
(avg. 310 m or 1,020 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The town is traditionally regarded as the capital of Sundgau.

EtymologyEdit

The name of the commune means old church (Alsatian: Àlta Kìrch or Àlta Kìrech; German: Alte Kirche).

DemographyEdit

 
Altkirch

Its inhabitants are known as Altkirchois.

The resident population number of 5500 is rather deceptive as some 15,500 people will be in town on a typical working day (4500 working, 3000 studying, 3000 for medical treatment and another 5000 divided between shopping, administrative offices, cultural and sporting activities).

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 5,118—    
1975 5,319+0.55%
1982 5,268−0.14%
1990 5,090−0.43%
1999 5,386+0.63%
2007 5,644+0.59%
2012 5,747+0.36%
2017 5,737−0.03%
Source: INSEE[3]

Sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ INSEE commune file
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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