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Arrondissements of the Haute-Loire department facts for kids

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There are 3 arrondissements in the Haute-Loire department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of the Haute-Loire are:

Arrondissements Haute-Loire Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 2017
Arrondissements of Haute-Loire, in red, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Arrondissements of the Haute-Loire
Arrondissement Capital Population
431 Brioude Brioude 45,848 1,886.8 24.3 111
432 Le Puy-en-Velay Le Puy-en-Velay 96,041 1,930.7 49.7 102
433 Yssingeaux Yssingeaux 84,676 1,159.7 73.0 44


Since its creation, the Haute-Loire department has had few changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the department with three districts: Le Puy, Brioude and Yssingeaux; the capital was Le Puy.
  • 1800 : creation of three arrondissements: Le Puy, Brioude and Yssingeaux.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Yssingeaux was eliminated.
  • 1942 : Yssingeaux is again an arrondissement.
  • 1988 : Le Puy changed its name to Le Puy-en-Velay.

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