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Town hall (originally the grain market)
Town hall (originally the grain market)
Coat of arms of Ambert
Coat of arms
Ambert is located in France
Location in France
Ambert is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Location in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Ambert
Canton Ambert
Intercommunality Ambert Livradois Forez
60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)
 • Density 112.335/km2 (290.95/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
63003 /63600
Elevation 514–1,365 m (1,686–4,478 ft)
(avg. 527 m or 1,729 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ambert is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in central-southern France.

It is a subprefecture of the department and the capital of the arrondissement of Ambert.


Ambert is in the southeast of the Puy-de-Dôme department, at 37 km (23 mi) to the south of Thiers, 39 km (24 mi) to the east of Issoire and 57 km (35 mi) to the southeast of Clermont-Ferrand.

The commune is in the plain of Ambert, surrounded by mountains: the Monts du Forez to the east and the Monts du Livradois to the west. The town is along the Dore, a tributary of the Allier river.

Ambert has an area of 60.5 km2 (23.4 sq mi), and its average altitude is 940 m (3,080 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 560 m (1,840 ft).

The distances from Clermont-Ferrand to other cities are:

Ambert and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Ambert

Ambert is surrounded by the communes:


The climate of Ambert, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


The inhabitants of Ambert are known, in French, as Ambertois (women: Ambertoises).

With a population of 6,794, Ambert has a population density of 112 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Ambert


Ambert is a subprefecture of the Puy-de-Dôme department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Ambert and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Ambert, formed 30 communes, including Ambert, with 18,178 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Ambert Livradois Forez.

Sister cities

Ambert is twinned with:


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