|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Bruno Joncour (MoDem)|
|Area1||21.88 km2 (8.45 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||22278 / 22000|
|Elevation||0–134 m (0–440 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.
Saint-Brieuc is named after a Welsh monk Brioc, who Christianised the region in the 6th century and established an oratory there. Bro Sant-Brieg/Pays de Saint-Brieuc, one of the nine traditional bishoprics of Brittany which were used as administrative areas before the French Revolution, was named after Saint-Brieuc. It also dates from the Middle Ages when the "pays de Saint Brieuc," or Penteur, was established by Duke Arthur II of Brittany as one of his eight "battles" or administrative regions.
In 2009, large amounts of sea lettuce, a type of algae, washed up on many beaches of Brittany, and when it rotted it emitted dangerous levels of hydrogen sulphide. A horse and some dogs died and a council worker driving a truckload of it fell unconscious at the wheel and died. The beach at Saint-Brieuc suffered bad damage and had to be shut.
Saint-Brieuc is one of the towns in Europe that host the IU Honors Program.
The Cemetery of Saint Michel contains graves of several notable Bretons, and sculptures by Paul le Goff and Jean Boucher. Outside the wall is Armel Beaufils's statue of Anatole Le Braz. Le Goff, who was killed with his two brothers in World War I, is also commemorated in a street and with his major sculptural work La forme se dégageant de la matière in the central gardens, which also includes a memorial to him by Jules-Charles Le Bozec and work by Francis Renaud.
The town of St. Brieux in Saskatchewan, Canada is named after Saint-Brieuc of Brittany. It was founded by immigrants from this region in Brittany. It was settled in the early 1900s.
Inhabitants of Saint-Brieuc are called briochins in French.
In 2008, 3.98% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.
There are no scheduled air services from Saint-Brieuc – Armor Airport.
Saint-Brieuc is hometown of many personalities:
- Octave-Louis Aubert (1870–1950), editor
- Maryvonne Dupureur (1937–2008), athlete, Olympic 800m silver medallist
- Émile Durand (1830–1903), music theorist and teacher
- Léonard Charner (1797–1869), senator and Admiral of France
- Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838–1889), symbolist writer
- Louis Auguste Harel de La Noë (1852-1931), engineer
- Célestin Bouglé (1870–1940), philosopher
- Louis Guilloux (1899–1980), writer
- Henri Nomy (1899–1971), admiral
- Patrick Dewaere (1947–1982), actor
- Kévin Théophile-Catherine,footballer
- Louis Rossel (1844-1871) - Army officer and Communard
- Florent Du Bois de Villerabel, archbishop forced to resign after France's liberation in World War II
- Mamadou Wague, footballer
- Raymond Hains (1926-2005), artist
- Anaclet Wamba (1960–), boxer
- Yelle (Julie Budet) 1983 – present, musician
- Roland Fichet 1950 – present, Author, Philosopher
Saint-Brieuc préfecture of the Côtes-d'Armor is twinned with :
- Communes of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- Élie Le Goff Entry for Élie Le Goff a Saint-Brieuc born sculptor
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saint-Brieuc.|
- City council website (French)
- saint-brieuc.maville (French)
- Saint-Brieuc Tourism (English)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Saint-Brieuc (French)