|Intercommunality||Pays de la Météorite|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Marie Rougier|
|• Land1||53.88 km2 (20.80 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||87126 / 87600|
|Elevation||159–313 m (522–1,027 ft)
(avg. 265 m or 869 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 name of the town comes from Latin roca cavardi, which roughly translates as the rock of Cavardus, the lord who had the fortified place built at the beginning of the 11th century. More often than not, natives pronounce it [ʁoˈʃwaʁ], not *[ʁɔʃəˈʃwaʁ] as is its pronunciation in Standard French.
- 1962: 4093
- 1968: 4059
- 1975: 4196
- 1982: 4053
- 1990: 3985
- 1999: 3667
- 2006: 3930
Inhabitants are known as Rochechouartais.
Places of interest
The Rochechouart crater is named after the city that covers part of it.
The Château de Rochechouart was built in the 13th century.
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