Ardèche facts for kids
Castle of Largentiere
Location of Ardèche in France
|Département||4 Marcg 1793|
|• Total||5,528.6 km2 (2,134.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||57.9494/km2 (150.0882/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-07|
The department of Ardèche was created on 4 March 1790 with seven districts: Annonay, Aubenas, L'Argentière, Privas, Tournon, Vernoux and Villeneuve-de-Berg. The capital was Privas alternating with Annonay, Aubenas, Le Bourg(-Saint-Andéol) and Tournon. In August of that year, the number of districts was reduced to three: Mézenc, Aubenas and Tanargue. In September, Privas became the only capital of the department.
In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the three districts were changed into three arrondissements: Privas, L'Argentière and Tournon.
On 18 March 1988, Tournon became Tournon-sur-Rhône.
The department is surrounded by the Loire department to the north, the Isère department to the northeast, the Drôme deparment to the east, the Vaucluse to the southeast, the Gard department to the south, the Lozère department to the southwest and the Haute-Loire department to the west.
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
- Vaucluse (southeast)
The highest point in the department is Mont Mézenc (; it is 1,753 m (5,751 ft) high. The lowest point, 40 m (131 ft) above sea level, is where the Ardèche river flows into the Rhône (in the south east of the department).
The main rivers in Ardèche are:
- Loire, that flows through the western part of the department and ends in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Rhône, that makes the eastern border of the department and ends in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Ardèche, a tributary of the Rhône.
The following is a list of the 17 cantons of the Ardèche department, following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
- Le Cheylard
- Le Pouzin
- Le Teil
- Les Vans
- La Voulte-sur-Rhône
The inhabitants of Ardèche are known, in French, as Ardéchois (women: Ardéchoises).
Ardèche had a population, in 2013, of 320,379, for a population density of 57.9 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Tournon-sur-Rhône, with 135,088 inhabitants, is the arrondissement with more inhabitants.
The communes in the department with more than 7,000 inhabitants are:
- Cantons of the Ardèche department
- Arrondissements of the Ardèche department
- Communes of the Ardèche department
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