Arrondissements of the Drôme department

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There are 3 arrondissements in the Drôme department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of Drôme are:

INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population[1]
(2014)
Area[2]
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
261 Die Die 42,955 2,286.9 18.8 113
262 Nyons Nyons 141,971 2,358.7 60.2 149
263 Valence Valence 314,233 1,884.4 166.8 105

History[change | change source]

Since its creation, the Drôme department has had few changes:[3]

  • 1790 : creation of the Drôme department with six districts: Romans, Valence, Die, Buis, Montélimar and Crest; Chabeuil was the capital but in the same year the capital was moved to Valence.
  • 1800 : the six districts were changed into four arrondissements: Valence, Die, Montélimar and Nyons.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Montélimar was eliminated.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. "Département de la Drôme (26) et Arrondissements". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. "Historique de la Drôme". Le SPLAF (in French). Retrieved 30 August 2017.

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