Centre-Val de Loire

administrative region of France

Centre-Val de Loire is one of the administrative regions of France. Its capital is Orléans but its largest city is Tours.

Centre-Val de Loire
Region
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Country  France
Préfecture Orléans
Area 39,150.9 km² (15,116 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,577,435 (2014) [2]
Density 66 /km² (171 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 6 departments
20 arrondissements
102 cantons
1783 communes
President François Bonneau[3]
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166-2 FR-CVL
Centre-Val_de_Loire (in red) in France
Centre-Val_de_Loire (in red) in France
Website: Centre-Val de Loire Region

It was formed in 2014 from the territories of three historical provinces: Touraine (Indre-et-Loire), Orléanais (Loiret, Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher), and Berry (Cher, Indre).

GeographyEdit

 
Old provinces that form the present region.

The Centre-Val de Loire region is the seventh largest region of France with an area of 39,150.9 km2 (15,116 sq mi).[1] It is in north central France and borders with 6 regions: Normandy to the northwest, Île-de-France to the north, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the east, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the southeast, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the south and Pays de la Loire to the west.

The distances from Orléans, the capital of the region, to other cities are:[4]

RiversEdit

The Centre-Val de Loire is crossed by the longest French river: the Loire, 1,013 km (629 mi). Some other rivers that flow through the region are:

  • Eure - 229 km (142 mi).
  • Loir - 317 km (197 mi).
  • Cher - 368 km (229 mi).
  • Loing - 142 km (88 mi).
  • Indre - 279 km (173 mi).

MountainsEdit

The territory of the Centre-Val de Loire region is formed mostly by large plains and low plateaus.

The Le Magnoux (46°25′43″N 2°11′54″E / 46.42861°N 2.19833°E / 46.42861; 2.19833), at 501 m (1,644 ft), is the highest point of the Centre-Val region.[5] It is in northwestern Massif Central, in the southern end of the Cher department.

The highest point of the different departments in the Centre-Val de Loire region are:[6]

Department Mountain Elevation
Cher Le Magnoux 501 m (1,644 ft)
Eure-et-Loir Butte de Rougemont 287 m (942 ft)
Indre Terrior Randoin 457 m (1,499 ft)
Indre-et-Loire Signal de la Ronde 186 m (610 ft)
Loir-et-Cher Bois des Vallèes 256 m (840 ft)
Loiret Col des Étourneaux 273 m (896 ft)

DepartmentsEdit

The Centre-Val de Loire region is formed by 6 departments:

ISO
3166-2
Shield Department Prefecture Arr. Cant. Comm. Population
(2014)[7]
Area
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
FR-18   Cher Bourges 3 19 290 310,270 7,235.0 42.9
FR-28   Eure-et-Loir Chartres 4 15 375 433,762 5,880.0 73.8
FR-36   Indre Châteauroux 4 13 243 226,175 6,790.6 33.3
FR-37   Indre-et-Loire Tours 3 19 273 603,924 6126.7 98.6
FR-41   Loir-et-Cher Blois 3 15 276 333,567 6,343.4 52.6
FR-45   Loiret Orléans 3 21 326 669,737 6,775.2 98.9
Total of the Region 20 102 1,783 2,577,435 39,150.9 65.8

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

DemographicsEdit

As of 1 January 2014, the Centre-Val de Loire region had a population of 2,577,435,[2] for a population density of 65.8 inhabitants/km2.

 
Statue of Joan of Arc, Place du Martroi, Orléans.

The main cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants (2014) in the region are:

INSEE
code
City Department Population
(2014)
37261 Tours Indre-et-Loire 136,125
45234 Orléans Loiret 114,977
18033 Bourges Cher 66,528
41018 Blois Loir-et-Cher 46,351
36044 Châteauroux Indre 44,479
28085 Chartres Eure-et-Loir 38,728
37122 Joué-lès-Tours Indre-et-Loire 37,748
28134 Dreux Eure-et-Loir 31,191
18279 Vierzon Cher 27,050
45232 Olivet Loiret 21,192
45147 Fleury-les-Aubrais Loiret 20,791

GalleryEdit

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Région du Centre-Val de Loire (24)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Populations légales 2014: Recensement de la population - Population des régions" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "L'exécutift" (in French). Region Centre-Val de Loire. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "La ville de Orléans". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Le Magnoux, France". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "France Department High Points". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Populations légales 2014 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Other websitesEdit

Coordinates: 47°30′N 1°45′E / 47.500°N 1.750°E / 47.500; 1.750