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
Centre e Vau de Léger  (Occitan)
The Loire river as it passes through Orléans
The Loire river as it passes through Orléans
Flag of Centre-Val de Loire
Coat of arms of Centre-Val de Loire
Country France
PrefectureOrléans
Departments
Government
 • President of the Regional CouncilFrançois Bonneau (PS)
Area
 • Total39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
 • Rank7th
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Total2,573,180
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-CVL
GDP (2012)[2]Ranked 9th
Total€67.1 billion (US$86.3 bn)
Per capita€26,126 (US$33,603)
NUTS RegionFR2
Largest cityTours
Websitewww.regioncentre-valdeloire.fr

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).

Geography Edit

 
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).[3] 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]

Rivers Edit

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).

Mountains Edit

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)

Departments Edit

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

Demographics Edit

As of 1 January 2014, the Centre-Val de Loire region had a population of 2,577,435,[8] 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

Gallery Edit

Related pages Edit

References Edit

  1. "Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  2. INSEE. "Produits intérieurs bruts régionaux et valeurs ajoutées régionales de 1990 à 2012". Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. "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.
  4. "La ville de Orléans". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. "Le Magnoux, France". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. "France Department High Points". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  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.
  8. "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.

Other websites Edit

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