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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|
|• Total||6,790.6 km2 (2,621.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||33.3071/km2 (86.2649/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-36|
|Website||Official website: http://www.indre.fr/|
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 (above sea level.), in the commune of Pouligny-Notre-Dame, and that is 457 m (1,499 ft)
The department is bordered by the 6 departments in 2 regions:
- Centre-Val de Loire region
- Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
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.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Châteauroux is 736.6 mm (29.0 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is May with 73.7 mm (2.9 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is February with an average of 48.3 mm (1.9 in).
The average temperature for the year in Châteauroux is 11.8 °C (53.2 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 20.2 °C (68.4 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 4.2 °C (39.6 °F).
|361||Le Blanc||Le Blanc||31,821||1,760.8||18.1||57|
|363||La Châtre||La Châtre||32,962||1,323.2||24.9||51|
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:
- Ardentes (3601)
- Argenton-sur-Creuse (3602)
- Le Blanc (3603)
- Buzançais (3604)
- Châteauroux-1 (3605)
- Châteauroux-2 (3606)
- Châteauroux-3 (3607)
- La Châtre (3608)
- Issoudun (3609)
- Levroux (3610)
- Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre (3611)
- Saint-Gaultier (3612)
- Valençay (3613)
The inhabitants of Indre are known, in French, as Indriens (women: Indriennes).
Indre has a population, in 2014, of 226,175, for a population density of 33.3 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Châteauroux, with 126,428 inhabitants, is by far the largest.
Evolution of the population in Indre
The main cities in the department are:
|Le Blanc||6,602||Le Blanc|
|La Châtre||4,278||La Châtre|
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