Arrondissements of the Hautes-Alpes department

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There are 2 arrondissements in the Hautes-Alpes department.[1] 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 the Hautes-Alpes are:

Arrondissements of the Hautes-Alpes
INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population[2]
(2014)
Area[3]
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
051 Briançon Briançon 35,752 2,138.1 16.7 37
052 Gap Gap 104,131 3,410.5 30.5 130

History[change | change source]

Since its creation, the Hautes-Alpes department has had few changes:[4]

  • 1790 : creation of the department with four districts: Briançon, Embrun, Gap and Serres; the capital was Chorges but in the same year it was moved to Gap.
  • 1800 : creation of three arrondissements: Gap, Briançon and Embrun.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Embrun was eliminated.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Département des Hautes-Alpes (05)" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. "Département des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. "Historique des Hautes-Alpes". Le SPLAF (in French). Retrieved 28 September 2016.