Gers

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Gers
Department
Prefecture building of the Gers department
Prefecture building of the Gers department, in Auch
Flag of Gers
Flag
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Gers in France
Location of Gers in France
Coordinates: 43°39′00″N 0°35′00″E / 43.65°N 0.5833333°E / 43.65; 0.5833333Coordinates: 43°39′00″N 0°35′00″E / 43.65°N 0.5833333°E / 43.65; 0.5833333
Country France
Region Occitanie
Département 4 March 1790
Prefecture Auch
Subprefectures Condom, Mirande
Government
 • President of the General Council Philippe Martin
Area[1]
 • Total 6,256.8 km2 (2,415.8 sq mi)
Population (2013)[2]
 • Total 190,276
 • Density 30.4111/km2 (78.7643/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gersois
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-32
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 17
Communes 462
Website www.gers.fr/

Gers (Gascon: Gers) is a department in the Occitanie region in the southwest of France named after the Gers river.

History[change | change source]

Gers is one of the 83 French departments made during the French revolution, on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the old provinces of Guyenne and Gascony.

The new department had six districts: Auch, Lectoure, Condom, Nogaro, L'Isle-Jourdain and Mirande. The capital (now prefecture) was Auch.[3]

in 1808, part of the Gers department was transferred to the new Tarn-et-Garonne department'.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Summer in Gers. In the background, the Pyrenees.

Gers is known for its hilly landscape and bastide villages. The Pyrenees are visible to the south.

Gers is part of the Occitanie region, and is the 34th French department in area with 6,256.8 km2 (2,416 sq mi).[1]

The department is surrounded by the departments:

The main rivers of the department are the Garonne and the Gers, a left tributary of the Garonne. Other rivers are Save, Gimone, Arrats, Baïse and Osse.

The highest point in the department is Mont de Chapelle Saint Roch (43°21′20″N 00°30′09″E / 43.35556°N 0.5025°E / 43.35556; 0.5025 (Mont de Chapelle Saint Roch)), in west central Pyrénées near the border with the Hautes-Pyrénées department, with an altitude of 377 m (1,237 ft).[4]

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Gers is an oceanic climate with template summers, Cfb (Marine West Coast Climate) in the Köppen climate classification.[5]

The annual rainfall in the department varies from over 900 mm (35.4 in) in the southwest of the department, to less than 700 mm (27.6 in) in the northeast (Auch, Condom and Lectoure).

Summers are very hot and dry, the temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F). Winters vary, often with frost, but the climate remains mild and dry.

Climate data for Auch, Gers, France
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10.2
(50.4)
11.8
(53.2)
15.1
(59.2)
17.6
(63.7)
21.5
(70.7)
25.3
(77.5)
27.9
(82.2)
27.9
(82.2)
24.9
(76.8)
19.9
(67.8)
13.7
(56.7)
10.4
(50.7)
18.85
(65.93)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.9
(42.6)
6.8
(44.2)
9.5
(49.1)
11.9
(53.4)
15.8
(60.4)
19.4
(66.9)
21.6
(70.9)
21.4
(70.5)
18.5
(65.3)
14.5
(58.1)
9.3
(48.7)
6.3
(43.3)
13.41
(56.14)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.7
(35.1)
3.9
(39)
6.2
(43.2)
10
(50)
13.4
(56.1)
15.2
(59.4)
14.9
(58.8)
12
(54)
9.1
(48.4)
4.8
(40.6)
2.1
(35.8)
7.9
(46.22)
Rainfall mm (inches) 40.3
(1.587)
31.6
(1.244)
37.8
(1.488)
61.4
(2.417)
84.6
(3.331)
68.4
(2.693)
58.8
(2.315)
64.3
(2.531)
75
(2.95)
72.1
(2.839)
54.6
(2.15)
43.1
(1.697)
692
(27.244)
Source: Weatherbase.com [1]

Administration[change | change source]

The department is managed by the General Council of the Gers in Auch. Gers is part of the region of Occitanie.

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

There are 3 arrondissements (districts), 17 cantons and 462 communes (municipalities) in Gers.

Arrondiissements of the Gers department
INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population[6]
(2013)
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
321 Auch Auch 86,628 2,133.9 40.6 154
322 Condom Condom 65,626 2436.8 26.9 158
323 Mirande Mirande 38,022 1686.1 22.6 150

The following is a list of the 17 cantons of the Gers department, in France, following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:[7]

  1. Adour-Gersoise
  2. Armagnac-Ténarèze
  3. Astarac-Gimone
  4. Auch-1
  5. Auch-2
  6. Auch-3
  7. Baïse-Armagnac
  8. Fezensac
  9. Fleurance-Lomagne
  10. Gascogne-Auscitaine
  11. Gimone-Arrats
  12. Grand-Bas-Armagnac
  13. L'Isle-Jourdain
  14. Lectoure-Lomagne
  15. Mirande-Astarac
  16. Pardiac-Rivière-Basse
  17. Val de Save

Demographics[change | change source]

The old town, Auch.
Town hall, Mirande.

The inhabitants of Gers are known, in French, as Gersois (women: Gersoises).[8]

Gers has a population, in 2013, of 190,276,[2] for a population density of 30.4 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Auch, with 86,628 inhabitants, is by far the largest. The other two, Condom and Mirande, have respectively 65,626 and 38,022 inhabitants.[6]

The city with more people living in it is the capital, Auch (21,960). The subprefectures of Condom and Mirande have, respectively, 6,927 and 3,664 inhabitants.[6]

The 10 most important cities in the department are:

City Population
(2013)[6]
Arrondissement
Auch 21,962 Auch
L'Isle-Jourdain 8,012 Auch
Condom 7,003 Condom
Fleurance 6,280 Condom
Eauze 3,877 Condom
Lectoure 3,730 Condom
Mirande 3,572 Mirande
Vic-Fezensac 3,563 Auch
Gimont 2,871 Auch
Pavie 2,426 Auch

Economy[change | change source]

The economy in Gers revolves primarily around agriculture and culinary tourism. The department is a producer of maize, wheat, rapeseed, sunflower.

Some well-known products of the region are:

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Département du Gers (32) - Résumé statistique" (in French). Publications et statistiques pour la France ou les régions. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/themes/comparateur.asp?codgeo=DEP-32. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Populations légales 2013 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/ppp/bases-de-donnees/recensement/populations-legales/france-departements.asp. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Historique du Gers" (in French). Le SPLAF. http://splaf.free.fr/32his.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  4. "Mont de Chapelle Saint Roch, France". Peakbagger.com. http://www.peakbagger.com/peak.aspx?pid=29285.html. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. "Auch, France - Köppen Climate Classification". Weatherbase. http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather-summary.php3?s=598817&cityname=Auch%2C+Midi-Pyr%E9n%E9es%2C+France&units=. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Populations lègales 2012 - 32-Gers" (in French). Populations légales 2012 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/ppp/bases-de-donnees/recensement/populations-legales/departement.asp?dep=32&annee=2013. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. Décret n° 2014-254 du 26 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département du Gers
  8. "Gers (32)" (in French). habitants.fr. http://www.habitants.fr/habitants_departement_gers_32.html. Retrieved 2 April 2014.

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