13th arrondissement of Paris

13th arrondissement of Paris
—  French municipal arrondissement  —
Paris and its closest suburbs
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Paris
Commune Paris
 - Mayor Jérôme Coumet
 - Total 7.15 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Population (8 March 1999 census)[p]
 - Total 171,533
 - Estimate (2005) 181,300
 - Density 23,990.6/km2 (62,135.4/sq mi)
^[p] Population sans doubles comptes: single count of residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel).
Paris Coat of Arms
20 arrondissements
of Paris
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River Seine
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The 13th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement des Gobelins") is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.

Situated on the Left Bank of the River Seine, it is home to Paris's main Chinatown, which is located in the southeast of the arrondissement in an area that contains many high-rise apartment buildings. The current mayor is Jérôme Coumet (Socialist), who was re-elected by the arrondissement council on 29 March 2008 after the list which he headed gained 70% of the votes cast in the second round of the French municipal elections, 2008.

The 13th arrondissement also hosts the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and the newly built business district of Paris Rive Gauche.



The land area of this arrondissement is 7.146 km2 (2.759 sq. miles, or 1,766 acres).


The 13th arrondissement is still growing in population, mainly because of an influx of Asian immigrants. In the 1980s, ethnic Chinese refugees from the former French colony of French Indochina (modern-day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) settled there. Cantonese, Vietnamese and Khmer are spoken by many residents in the community.

At the last census in 1999, the population was 171,533. The 13th arrondissement is also rapidly growing in business activity, thanks to the new business district of Paris Rive Gauche. In 1999, the arrondissement contained 89,316 jobs, and it is believed to contain more today.

Historical population

(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)
1872 69,431 12,342
1954 165,620 23,164
1962 166,709 23,329
1968 158,280 22,149
1975 163,313 22,854
1982 170,818 23,904
1990 171,098 23,943
1999 171,533 24,004
2005 estimate (peak of population) 181,300 25,371


Place of birth of residents of the 13th arrondissement in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
76.2% 23.8%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.8% 4.5% 2.9% 14.6%
¹This group is made up largely of pieds-noirs from Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.


Map of the 13th arrondissement


Ubisoft has its business office in the arrondissement.[1]


Places of interest

Streets and squares include

A panoramic view of the towers in Paris's 13th arrondissement


  1. ^ "World Presence France." Ubisoft. Retrieved on 20 August 2011. "Business office Austerlitz 2000 173-179 rue du Chevaleret 75646 Paris Cedex 13 "

External links

Coordinates: 48°49′56″N 2°21′20″E / 48.83222°N 2.35556°E / 48.83222; 2.35556

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