Indre (department) facts
Prefecture building of the Indre department, in Châteauroux
Location of Indre in France
|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|Département||4 March 1790|
|Subprefectures||Le Blanc, La Châtre, Issoudun|
|• President of the General Council||Serge Descout|
|• Total||6,790.6 km2 (2,621.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||33.5892/km2 (86.9957/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR36|
The department is one of the 83 French departments made during the French revolution, on 4 March 1790. The department was created from part of the former province of Berry.
In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the six districts were changed into four arrondissements: Saintes, Châteauroux, Le Blanc, La Châtre and Issoudun.
On 10 September 1926, the arrondissement of Issoudun was eliminated but in 1942 it was made again an arrondissement.
The highest point of the department is Terrior Randoin (), in the commune of Pouligny-Notre-Dame, and that is 457 m (1,499 ft) above sea level. that is 777 m (2,549 ft) high.
The main rivers are:
- Creuse, a tributary of the Vienne, is 264 kilometres (164 mi) long.
- Claise, 88 kilometres (55 mi) long and a tributary of the Creuse.
- Indre, that flows centrally through the department from south to north, through the major towns of La Châtre, Châteauroux and Loches. It is a tributary of the Loire, joining it at Chinon in the neighbouring department of Loir-et-Cher.
|361||Le Blanc||Le Blanc||32,168||1,760.8||18.3||56|
|363||La Châtre||La Châtre||33,172||1,323.2||25.1||58|
The following is a list of the 13 cantons of the Indre department, following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
- Le Blanc
- La Châtre
The inhabitants of Indre are known, in French, as Indriens (women: Indriennes).
Indre has a population, in 2013, of 228,091, for a population density of 33.6 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Châteauroux, with 127,499 inhabitants, is by far the largest. The other three, Issoudun, La Châtre and Le Blanc, have respectively 35,252, 33,172 and 32,168 inhabitants.
The city with more people living in it is Châteauroux (45,209).
The main cities in the department are:
|Le Blanc||6,721||Le Blanc|
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