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Prefecture and commune
Aerial view of Mende, with the cathedral.
Aerial view of Mende, with the cathedral.
Coat of arms of Mende
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Mende-1
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Lozère
Area1 36.56 km2 (14.12 sq mi)
Population (2014) 11,542
 • Density 315.70/km2 (817.66/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Mendois
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 48095 /48000
Elevation 691–1,236 m (2,267–4,055 ft)
(avg. 964 m or 3,163 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Mende is a commune and prefecture of the department of Lozère, part of the Occitanie 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.


The city of Mende had 11,542 inhabitants for a density of 325.7 persons/km2.

Evolution of the population in Mende


Mende is the prefecture of the Lozère department since 1790. It is also the capital of the Mende arrondissement and of two cantons:

  1. Mende-1, formed with a part of Mende (5,513 inhabitants) (2014)
  2. Mende-2, formed with a part of Mende (6,029 inhabitants) (2014)

It is part of the intercommunality Cœur de Lozère (French: Communauté de communes Cœur de Lozère).

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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