Coordinates: 46°07′40″N 3°25′36″E / 46.1278°N 3.4267°E / 46.1278; 3.4267
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Vichy and the Aller river.
Vichy and the Aller river.
Coat of arms of Vichy
Location of Vichy
Vichy is located in France
Vichy is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 46°07′40″N 3°25′36″E / 46.1278°N 3.4267°E / 46.1278; 3.4267
CantonChief town of 2 cantons:
* Vichy-1
* Vichy-2
IntercommunalityVichy Communauté
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Claude Malhuret
5.85 km2 (2.26 sq mi)
 • Density4,300/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
03310 /03200
Elevation243–317 m (797–1,040 ft)
(avg. 280 m or 920 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Vichy (Occitan: Vichèi) is a commune in central France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, along the Allier river. It is the commune in the department with second largest population after Montluçon. It is in the historic province of Bourbonnais.

History[change | change source]

Vichy has lots of Spas and resorts. This site was inhabited before the Roman conquest of Gaul.[1]

In 1861, Napoleon III visited Vichy several times.[2]

During World War II, it was the capital city of Vichy France.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The commune of Vichy is on the southern part of the Allier department. The city is on the right side of the Allier river.

The commune has an area of 5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi),[4] and its average altitude is 280 m (920 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 268 m (879 ft).[5]

The distances from Vichy to other cities are:

Vichy and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Vichy

Vichy is surrounded by the communes Creuzier-le-Vieux, Cusset, Le Vernet, Abrest, Bellerive-sur-Allier and Charmeil.

Climate[change | change source]

The Köppen climate classification type for the climate at Vichy is an "Oceanic climate" (also known as Maritime Temperate climate) and of the subtype "Cfb".[6]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Vichy are known, in French, as Vichyssois (women: Vichyssoises).[7]

With a population of 25,279,[8] Vichy is the second largest city of the Allier department. It has a population density of 4,321 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Vichy

Administration[change | change source]

Vichy is a subprefecture of the Allier department since 1941; before that year, the subprefecture was in Lapalisse. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Vichy and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of two cantons:

  • Vichy-1 formed by 3 communes and part of Vichy, with 18,420 inhabitants (2014).
  • Vichy-2 formed by 2 communes and part of Vichy, with 18,763 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Vichy Communauté.

Sister cities[change | change source]

Vichy is twinned with:[9]

Gallery[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Gros, J.F. (1884). "Vichy in History," Vichy and environs, pp. 83-54.
  2. Prince, Danforth et al. (2011). Frommer's France, p. 473.
  3. Vinen, Richard. (2007). The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation, p. 45.
  4. "Commune de Vichy (03310)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. "Vichy". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. Cite error: The named reference mairie was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  7. "Allier" (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  8. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  9. "Jumelage" (in French). Ville de Vichy. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

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