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Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Rodez
Canton Chief town of 3 cantons
Intercommunality Grand Rodez
11.18 km2 (4.32 sq mi)
 • Density 2,123.5/km2 (5,499.9/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12202 /12000
Elevation 501–643 m (1,644–2,110 ft)
(avg. 572 m or 1,877 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Rodez (Occitan: Rodés) is a commune in southwestern France in the department of Aveyron, of which it is its prefecture.

It was the capital of Rouergue, a former French province. Rodez is also the capital of 3 cantons: Rodez-1, Rodez-2 and Rodez-Onet.


Existing from at least the 5th century BC, Rodez was founded by Celtic people, the Ruteni. Here they built an oppidum (fortified place) which, after the Roman occupation, was named Segodunum ("Fortified place", "high hill"). The town later was given the name of Civitas Rutenorum ("City of the Ruteni") and then only Ruteni and, finally, Rodez.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the city was taken by the Visigoths and then by the Franks; in 725, the Moors took the city and destroyed the old church. Later it was occupied by the armies of the Dukes of Aquitaine and of the Counts of Toulouse. English troops occupied Rodez during the Hundred Years War.

With the creation of the Aveyron department in 1790, Rodez became préfecture of the department.


The commune of Rodez is on the western part of the central plateau (Massif Central) of France. The Aveyron river and the Auterne stream flow through the city.

Rodez has an area of 11.18 km2 (4.32 sq mi) and its average altitude is 572 m (1,877 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 627 m (2,057 ft)..

Map of the commune de Rodez

Rodez is surrounded by the communes Onet-le-Château, Sainte-Radegonde, Le Monastère and Olemps.


The climate of Rodez, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


With a population in 21012 of 23,741, Rodez has a population density is of 2,124 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Rodez are known, in French, as Ruthénois (women: Ruthénoises).

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Arrondissements of the Aveyron department

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