Ivry-sur-Seine is located on the left bank of the Seine, about 5 km from the centre of Paris, in the Val-de-Marne département. The town is part of the Greater Paris metropolitan area.
The architecture of the city centre is dominated by the Brutalist movement and is the result of the renovation work carried out by architects Renée Gailhoustet and Jean Renaudie in the 1970s. The district closest to the Seine is a forerunner of the city of the future, and is the largest ZAC (mixed development zone) in the Paris region.
In 2017, its population had returned to its 1975 level. Its inhabitants are known as Ivryens.
For a long time a simple farming village on the outskirts of Paris, the town underwent profound changes from the 19th century onwards, which helped to shape its current appearance as a town on the outskirts of Paris.