Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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Coordinates: 45°45′35″N 4°50′32″E / 45.75972°N 4.84222°E / 45.75972; 4.84222
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Region
Blason AuvergneRhône-Alpes 3D.svg
Coat of arms
Country  France
Préfecture Lyon
 - coordinates 45°45′35″N 4°50′32″E / 45.75972°N 4.84222°E / 45.75972; 4.84222
Area 69,711.2 km² (26,916 sq mi)
Population 7,820,966 (2014) [1]
Density 112 /km² (290 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 12 departments
39 arrondissements
242 cantons
4,112 communes
President Laurent Wauquiez
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE code FR-84
Location of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (in red)
Location of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (in red)
Website: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Franco-Provençal: Ôvèrgne-Rôno-Ârpes; Occitan: Auvèrnhe Ròse Aups)) is an administrative region of France that was created on 1 January 2016 from the former French regions Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. It is in the central and eastern parts of southern France.

Its capital is the city of Lyon.

Geography[change | change source]

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is the third largest region of Metropolitan France, after Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie, with an area of 69,711.2 km2 (26,916 sq mi). It borders five French administrative regions: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Centre-Val de Loire to the northwest, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Occitanie to the southwest and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the southeast. It also borders two countries: Italy to the east and Switzerland to the northeast.

The region has the Massif Central to the east and the Alps to the east, with the valley of the Rhône river between them. Half of the Ain department is occupied by the Jura Mountains.

The extreme points for the region are in the communes:

Its capital, Lyon, is at 465 km (289 mi) to the southwest of Paris, the national capital, at 315 km (196 mi) to the northwest of Marseille and at 554 km (344 mi) to the west of Bordeaux.

The distances from the different departmental capitals to Lyon, the regional capital, are:[2]

Rivers[change | change source]

There are two main drainage basin in the region; some rivers in those basins are:

Mountains[change | change source]

The Mont Blanc (42°46′26″N 0°8′51″E / 42.77389°N 0.14750°E / 42.77389; 0.14750 (Vignemale)), at 4,810 m (15,780 ft), is the highest mountain of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France, Italy and of Western Europe.[3]

The highest points in the different departments of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region are:[4]

Department Mountain Elevation
Ain Crêt de la Neige 1,720 m (5,640 ft)
Allier Puy de Montoncel 1,287 m (4,222 ft)
Ardèche Mont Mézenc 1,753 m (5,751 ft)
Cantal Plomb du Cantal 1,855 m (6,086 ft)
Drôme Rocher Rond 2,453 m (8,048 ft)
Isère Pic Lory 4,088 m (13,412 ft)
Loire Pierre-sur-Haute 1,634 m (5,361 ft)
Haute-Loire Mont Mézenc 1,753 m (5,751 ft)
Puy-de-Dôme Puy de Sancy 1,885 m (6,184 ft)
Rhône Mont Saint-Rigaud 1,009 m (3,310 ft)
Savoie La Grande Casse 3,855 m (12,648 ft)
Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc 4,810 m (15,780 ft)

Departments[change | change source]

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is formed by 13 departments:

ISO
3166-2
Shield Department Prefecture Arr. Cant. Comm. Population
(2014)[5]
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
FR-01 Blason département fr Ain.svg Ain Bourg-en-Bresse 4 23 408 626,127 5,762.4 108.7
FR-03 Blason département fr Allier.svg Allier Moulins 3 19 317 343,062 7,340.1 46.7
FR-07 Blason département fr Ardèche.svg Ardèche Privas 3 17 339 322,381 5,528.6 58.3
FR-15 Blason département fr Cantal.svg Cantal Aurillac 3 15 255 146,618 5,726.0 25.6
FR-26 Blason département fr Drôme.svg Drôme Valence 3 19 367 499,159 6,530.0 76.4
FR-38 Blason département fr Isère.svg Isère Grenoble 3 29 521 1,243,597 7,431.5 167.3
FR-42 Blason département fr Loire.svg Loire Saint-Étienne 3 21 326 757,305 4,780.6 158.4
FR-43 Blason département fr Haute-Loire.svg Haute-Loire Le Puy-en-Velay 3 19 257 226,565 4,977.1 45.5
FR-63 Blason département fr Puy-de-Dôme.svg Puy-de-Dôme Clermont-Ferrand 5 31 467 644,216 7,969.7 80.8
FR-69 Blason département fr Rhône.svg Rhône Lyon 2 13 289 1,801,885 3,249.1 554.6
FR-73 Blason département fr Savoie.svg Savoie Chambéry 3 19 285 426,924 6,028.3 70.8
FR-74 Blason département fr Haute-Savoie.svg Haute-Savoie Annecy 4 17 281 783,127 4,387.8 178.5
Total of the Region 39 242 4,112 7,820,966 69,711.2 112.2

Arr. = Arrondissements          Cant. = Cantons          Comm. = Communes

Demographics[change | change source]

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region had a population, in 2014, of 7,820,966,[1] for a population density of 112.2 inhabitants/km2. The department with more people living in it is Rhône with 1,801,885 inhabitants.

The main cities in the region are:

INSEE
code
City Department Population
(2014)
69123 Lyon Métropole de Lyon 506,615
42218 Saint-Étienne Loire 170,761
38185 Grenoble Isère 160,779
69266 Villeurbanne Métropole de Lyon 148,543
63113 Clermont-Ferrand Puy-de-Dôme 141,365
74010 Annecy Haute-Savoie 124,376
69259 Vénissieux Métropole de Lyon 62,575
26362 Valence Drôme 62,150
73065 Chambéry Savoie 59,490
69256 Vaulx-en-Velin Métropole de Lyon 45,294

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Populations légales 2014: Recensement de la population - Population des régions" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  2. "Ville de Lyon". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  3. "Mont Blanc, France/Italy". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. "France Department High Points". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  5. "Populations légales 2014 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 

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