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Aerial view of Mende, with the cathedral
Coat of arms of Mende
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Lozère
Mayor Alain Bertrand
Elevation 691–1,236 m (2,267–4,055 ft)
(avg. 964 m or 3,163 ft*)
Land area1 36.56 km2 (14.12 sq mi)
Population2 11,908  (2012)
 - Density 326/km2 (840/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 48095/ 48000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 44°31′10″N 3°30′05″E / 44.5194°N 3.5014°E / 44.5194; 3.5014

Mende is a commune and prefecture of the department of Lozère, part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Mende.

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Mendois (women: Mendoises).


Mende is located in the southern Massif Central, to the north of the Cévennes, near the Mont Lozère, the highest point of the Lozère department. The Lot river flows through the city and most of Mende is on the left side of the river.

The commune of Mende has an area of 36.56 km2 (14.12 sq mi) and its average altitude is 964 m (3,163 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 740 m (2,430 ft)..

Mende and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Mende

The commune of Mende is surrounded by the communes Chastel-Nouvel, Badaroux, Lanuéjols, Brenoux, Saint-Bauzile, Balsièges, Barjac and Servières.

The climate in Mende in the Köppen climate classification is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


As of 2012, Mende had 11,908 inhabitants for a density of 325.7 persons/km2.

Twinned and partner towns

Mende is twinned with:

  • Germany Wunsiedel, Germany, since 1980
  • Italy Volterra, Italy, since 1993
  • Portugal Vila Real, Portugal, since 2003


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