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There are 5 arrondissements in the Puy-de-Dôme 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 5 arrondissements of Puy-de-Dôme are:

Arrondissements Puy-de-Dôme Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 2017
Arrondissements of Puy-de-Dôme, in red, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Arrondissements of Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Capital Population
631 Ambert Ambert 26,653 1,188.1 22.4 58
632 Clermont-Ferrand Clermont-Ferrand 375,518 1,796.5 209.0 75
633 Issoire Issoire 62,931 1,819.6 34.6 135
634 Riom Riom 121,158 2,299.7 52.7 155
635 Thiers Thiers 57,956 865.8 66.9 44


Since its creation, the Puy-de-Dôme department has had some changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the Puy-de-Dôme department with eight districts: Ambert, Besse, Billom, Clermont-Ferrand, Issoire, Montaigu, Riom and Thiers, with Clermont-Ferrand as its capital.
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Ambert, Clermont-Ferrand, Issoire, Riom and Thiers.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Ambert was eliminated.
  • 1942 : Ambert became again an arrondissement of the department.

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