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Prefecture building of the Hérault department, in Montpellier
Prefecture building of the Hérault department, in Montpellier
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Hérault in France
Location of Hérault in France
Country France
Region Occitanie
 • Total 6,101 km2 (2,356 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,077,627
 • Rank 21st
 • Density 176.631/km2 (457.47/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Héraultais
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-34
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 25
Communes 343
Website http://www.herault.fr/

Hérault (Occitan: Erau) is a department in the region of Occitanie in southern France. It is named after the Hérault river.

The inhabitants of Hérault are known, in French, as Héraultais (women: Héraultaises).


Hérault was created in 1790 during the French Revolution, when the whole of France was divided into departments, replacing the old provinces. Aude was formed with part of the old province of Languedoc.

It was divided in four districts: Montpellier, Béziers, Lodève and Saint-Pons, with Montpellier as is capital.

In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the four districts were changed into four arrondissements. On 10 September 1926, the arrondissements of Lodève and Saint-Pons were eliminated but on 1 June 1942 Lodève became again an arrondissement.


Hérault has an area of 6,101 km2 (2,356 sq mi). It is surrounded by the departments of Aude, Aveyron, Tarn, and Gard, with the Gulf of Lion (Mediterranean Sea) to the east and southeast.

The main rivers in the department are the Orb and the Hérault which gives its name to the department.


The département is managed by the General Council of Hérault in Montpellier. Hérault is part of the region of Occitanie.

Administrative divisions

There are 3 arrondissements (districts), 25 cantons and 343 communes (municipalities) in Hérault.

Arrondissement Capital Population
341 Béziers Béziers 304,108   2,987   101.8 152
342 Lodève Lodève 92,176   1,820   50.6 98
343 Montpellier Montpellier 681,343   1,295   526.1 93

The following is a list of the 25 cantons of the Hérault department (with their INSEE codes), following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:

  1. Agde
  2. Béziers-1
  3. Béziers-2
  4. Béziers-3
  5. Cazouls-lès-Béziers
  6. Clermont-l'Hérault
  7. Le Crès
  8. Frontignan
  9. Gignac
  10. Lattes
  11. Lodève
  12. Lunel
  13. Mauguio
  14. Mèze
  15. Montpellier-1
  16. Montpellier-2
  17. Montpellier-3
  18. Montpellier-4
  19. Montpellier-5
  20. Montpellier - Castelnau-le-Lez
  21. Pézenas
  22. Pignan
  23. Saint-Gély-du-Fesc
  24. Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
  25. Sète


The Hérault department has a population, in 2012, of 1,077,627, for a population density of 176.6 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Montpellier, with 681,343 inhabitants, is by far the largest. The other two arrondissements, Béziers and Lodève, have respectively 304,108 and 92,176 inhabitants.

The main cities in the department are:

City Population
Montpellier 268,456 Montpellier
Béziers 72,970 Béziers
Sète 44,558 Montpellier
Lunel 25,405 Montpellier
Agde 24,651 Béziers
Frontignan 22,728 Montpellier
Mauguio 16,786 Montpellier
Castelnau-le-Lezl 16,664 Montpellier
Lattes 15,719 Montpellier


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