Gap, Hautes-Alpes

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Gap
View of Gap.
View of Gap.
Coat of arms of Gap
Coat of arms
Gap is located in France
Gap
Gap
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Gap is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Gap
Gap
Coordinates: 44°33′34″N 6°04′43″E / 44.5594°N 6.0786°E / 44.5594; 6.0786Coordinates: 44°33′34″N 6°04′43″E / 44.5594°N 6.0786°E / 44.5594; 6.0786
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentHautes-Alpes
ArrondissementGap
CantonChief town of 4 cantons
IntercommunalityCA Gap-Tallard-Durance
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Roger Didier[1]
Area1110.43 km2 (42.64 sq mi)
Population (2014)240,225
 • Density360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code05061 /05000
Elevation625–2,360 m (2,051–7,743 ft)
(avg. 1,493 m or 4,898 ft)
Websitewww.ville-gap.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Gap is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is the préfecture (capital), and main city, of the department.

Gap is the highest prefecture (departmental capital) of France; the city is in a valley whose bottom is at an altitude of about 735 m (2,411 ft) above sea level.

Geography[change | change source]

Gap is in the south central part of the Hautes-Alpes department. The Luye, a tributary of the Durance river, flows through the city.

It has an area of 110.4 km2 (42.6 sq mi).[2] Its average altitude is 1,493 m (4,898 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 767 m (2,516 ft).[3]

The distances from Gap to other cities are:[4]

Gap and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Gap

The commune of Gap is surrounded by 17 communes: Laye, Saint-Laurent-du-Cros, Forest-Saint-Julien, La Rochette, Rambaud, Jarjayes, Neffes, Châteauvieux, Lettret, Pelleautier, La Roche-des-Arnauds, La Freissinouse, La Fare-en-Champsaur, Poligny, Le Noyer, Le Dévoluy, Rabou

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Gap, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[4]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Gap are known, in French, as Gapençais (women: Gapençaises).[5]

With a population of 40,225,[6] Gap has a population density of 364 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Gap

Gap forms with La Rochette the urban area of Gap with a population of 40,700 inhabitants (2014) and an area of 120.8 km2 (46.6 sq mi).[7] This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Gap, formed by 39 communes, with a population of 62,567 inhabitants (2014) and an area of 756.6 km2 (292.1 sq mi).[8]

Administration[change | change source]

Gap is the prefecture of the Hautes-Alpes department, the capital of the arrondissement of Gap and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of four cantons:

  • Gap-1 formed by a part of Gap, with 9,895 inhabitants (2014).
  • Gap-2 formed by a part of Gap, with 10,743 inhabitants (2014).
  • Gap-3 formed by a part of Gap, with 10,346 inhabitants (2014).
  • Gap-4 formed by a part of Gap, with 9,241 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Gap-Tallard-Durance (French: Communauté d'agglomération Gap-Tallard-Durance).

Twin towns[change | change source]

Gap is twinned with:

Gallery[change | change source]

A panoramic view of Gap
A panoramic view of Gap

References[change | change source]

  1. "L'équipe municipale" (in French). Ville de Gap. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  2. "Commune de Gap (05061)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. "City of Gap". Map-France.com. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ville de Gap". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  5. "Hautes-Alpes" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  6. "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.
  7. "Unité urbaine de Gap (05401)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  8. "Aire urbaine de Gap (136)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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