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Coat of arms of Houdain
Coat of arms
Houdain is located in France
Coordinates: 50°27′10″N 2°32′17″E / 50.4528°N 2.5381°E / 50.4528; 2.5381Coordinates: 50°27′10″N 2°32′17″E / 50.4528°N 2.5381°E / 50.4528; 2.5381
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Canton of Houdain
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération de l'Artois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Dewalle
Area1 6.3 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,698
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62457 / 62150
Elevation 45–121 m (148–397 ft)
(avg. 53 m or 174 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.

Houdain is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A former coalmining, now a light industrial and farming town, situated some 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Béthune at the junction of the D86, D301 and the D341 roads. The small rivers Lawe and Blanche join within the commune.


Historical population of Houdain
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 8745 8807 8483 7746 7930 7771 7698
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

The church of St. John, dating from the thirteenth century.

Notable people[edit]

Hervé, real name Florimond Ronger, a composer, was born here in 1825.

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