Arrondissements of the Loire department

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There are 3 arrondissements in the Loire 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 3 arrondissements of Loire are:[1]

Arrondissements of Loire, in red, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Arrondissements of the Loire
INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population[2]
(2014)
Area[3]
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
421 Montbrison Montbrison 188,635 1,959.5 96.3 136
422 Roanne Roanne 157,268 1,779.9 88.4 115
423 Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne 411,402 1,041.2 395.1 75

History[change | change source]

Since its creation, the Loire department has had some changes:[4]

  • 1793 : creation of the Loire department with three districts: Montbrison, Roanne and Saint-Étienne, the capital was Feurs.
  • 1795 : the capital was moved to Montbrison.
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Montbrison, Roanne and Saint-Étienne.
  • 1855 : the capital was moved from Montbrison to Saint-Étienne.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Département de la Loire (42)" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. "Département de la Loire (42)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. "Historique de la Loire". Le SPLAF (in French). Retrieved 11 October 2017.