A general view of Payrac
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Pierre Favory|
|Area1||19.5 km2 (7.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||34/km2 (89/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||46215 /46350|
|Elevation||125–364 m (410–1,194 ft)
(avg. 280 m or 920 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.
Payrac was an important town in the times of ancient Rome, but because of military campaigns and pillages from the Hundred Years' War and the Bubonic Plague, the town's population plummeted to the point where it was nearly uninhabited. However, under the influence of lords, peasants moved to and repopulated Payrac.
In 1589, the Huguenot army ravaged Payrac and killed 500 people.
After this period, Payrac underwent an economic revival due to its strategic placement with Paris and Toulouse. Unfortunately, Payrac did not undergo change during the Industrial Revolution, and as a result lost half its population.
- http://cassini.ehess.fr/ Population par commune avant 1962 (résultats publiés au journal officiel ou conservés aux archives départementales)
- INSEE : Population depuis le recensement de 1962
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