Saint-Paul, Réunion

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Saint-Paul
A view over the town centre and the gulf of Saint-Paul
A view over the town centre and the gulf of Saint-Paul
Coat of arms of Saint-Paul
Coat of arms
Réunion-Saint-Paul.png
Location of Saint-Paul
Coordinates: 21°00′35″S 55°16′11″E / 21.0097°S 55.2697°E / -21.0097; 55.2697Coordinates: 21°00′35″S 55°16′11″E / 21.0097°S 55.2697°E / -21.0097; 55.2697
CountryFrance
Overseas region and departmentRéunion
ArrondissementSaint-Paul
Canton3 cantons
IntercommunalityTerritoire de la Côte Ouest
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Huguette Bello[1]
Area
1
241.28 km2 (93.16 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
103,492
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+04:00
INSEE/Postal code
97415 /97460
Elevation0–2,955 m (0–9,695 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Paul (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.pɔl]) is the second-largest commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. It is located on the extreme west side of the island of Réunion.

Until 1999, near Saint Paul there was the 428 metres tall mast OMEGA Chabrier transmitter.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1961 35,528—    
1967 43,129+3.28%
1974 52,554+2.86%
1982 58,412+1.33%
1990 71,669+2.59%
1999 87,712+2.27%
2007 101,023+1.78%
2012 104,646+0.71%
2017 104,519−0.02%
Source: SPLAF[3] and INSEE (1967-2017)[4]

Transport[edit]

Saint-Paul was to be the western terminus of the proposed Réunion Tram Train. However, the project was abandoned in May 2010 due to a lack of funds.

The traditional grave of French pirate Olivier Levasseur, nicknamed nicknamed La Buse ("The Buzzard") or La Bouche ("The Mouth"), who was most famous for allegedly hiding one of the biggest treasures in pirate history, estimated at over £1 billion, is located in Saint-Paul's Cimetière marin de Saint-Paul cemetery. Besides pirates, the cemetery also serves as the permanent resting place of poets Leconte de Lisle and Eugène Dayot, as well as the painter Arthur Grimaud.

Saint-Gilles

Climate[edit]

Saint-Paul has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw).

Climate data for Saint-Paul
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35
(95)
41
(106)
39
(102)
38
(100)
34
(93)
42
(108)
37
(99)
34
(93)
38
(100)
33
(91)
40
(104)
38
(100)
42
(108)
Average high °C (°F) 29.8
(85.6)
29.9
(85.8)
29.7
(85.5)
28.9
(84.0)
27.4
(81.3)
26.1
(79.0)
25.2
(77.4)
25.2
(77.4)
25.7
(78.3)
26.7
(80.1)
28.0
(82.4)
29.1
(84.4)
27.6
(81.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.6
(79.9)
26.6
(79.9)
26.3
(79.3)
25.5
(77.9)
23.8
(74.8)
22.3
(72.1)
21.4
(70.5)
21.4
(70.5)
22.0
(71.6)
23.1
(73.6)
24.5
(76.1)
25.8
(78.4)
24.1
(75.4)
Average low °C (°F) 23.3
(73.9)
23.5
(74.3)
23.1
(73.6)
22.1
(71.8)
20.5
(68.9)
18.8
(65.8)
18.0
(64.4)
18.0
(64.4)
18.3
(64.9)
19.6
(67.3)
20.9
(69.6)
22.4
(72.3)
20.7
(69.3)
Record low °C (°F) 11
(52)
14
(57)
16
(61)
14
(57)
8
(46)
11
(52)
6
(43)
10
(50)
10
(50)
10
(50)
10
(50)
10
(50)
6
(43)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 275.1
(10.83)
311.9
(12.28)
240.5
(9.47)
141.1
(5.56)
111.7
(4.40)
79.4
(3.13)
63.6
(2.50)
78.8
(3.10)
52.9
(2.08)
39.1
(1.54)
54.4
(2.14)
178.2
(7.02)
1,626.7
(64.05)
Average precipitation days 15 14 14 12 11 10 11 12 10 10 9 13 141
Source: [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ SPLAF (la Population et les Limites Administratives de la France). "Agglomérations et villes de la Réunion" [Towns and cities of Reunion Island]. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  5. ^ "Météo et climat: Saint-Paul (La Réunion)" (in French). A-contresens. Retrieved March 19, 2020.

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