|Intercommunality||Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Henri Revel|
|10.11 km2 (3.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||0–214 m (0–702 ft) |
(avg. 17 m or 56 ft)
|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.|
The town was founded in the 11th century when a hospice was founded under Saint Lawrence's protection. The main activity was to help passengers to cross the Var, which became a border between Kingdom of France and County of Nice in 1481.
St. Laurent is the second-largest suburb of the city of Nice, after Cagnes-sur-Mer, in the urban community of Nice Côte d'Azur. It lies adjacent to it on the west side on the other side of the river Var.
Nowadays, the town has developed much and its population has been multiplied by ten in the last century and it is now part of Nice metropolitan area.
The suburb's positioning, close to Nice and with an abundance of flatlands - which is a rare resource in this region - led to the building of CAP 3000, the Côte d'Azur's biggest mall, and an industrial zone with many dynamic activities.
St. Laurent is located close to "Nice Côte d'Azur" Airport, in the eastern side of Var river, Nice. The town also has a harbour, an interchange on the motorway A8 and a railway station on the Marseille-Toulon-Nice-Ventimiglia line.
Saint-Laurent-du-Var is twinned with: