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The 20th arrondissement (XXe arrondissement), located on the Right Bank, is one of the 20 arrondissements of Parismarker, Francemarker. It contains the cosmopolitan districts of Ménilmontantmarker and Bellevillemarker which have welcomed many successive waves of immigration since the middle of the 19th century. Today, Belleville contains the second largest Chinatown in Paris.

The 20th arrondissement is also internationally known for hosting the Père Lachaise Cemeterymarker where one can find the burials of many famous composers (such as Chopin and Rossini), writers (including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust), painters (Pissarro, Jacques-Louis David and others) and even rock singers (Jim Morrison).


The land area of this arrondissement is 5.984 km2 (2.31 sq. miles, or 1,479 acres).


The population of Paris's 20th arrondissement peaked in 1936, when it had 208,115 inhabitants. Today it remains very dense in population and business activity with 182,952 inhabitants and 54,786 jobs as of the last census, in 1999.

Historical population

(of French censuses)
Population Density
(inh. per km2)
1872 92,772 15,503
1936 (peak of population) 208,115 34,779
1954 200,208 33,457
1962 199,310 33,307
1968 188,921 31,571
1975 175,795 29,378
1982 171,971 28,738
1990 184,478 30,829
1999 182,952 30,574
2005 estimate 191,800 32,052



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