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Vichy
Vichy and the Aller river.
Vichy and the Aller river.
Coat of arms of Vichy
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Allier
Arrondissement Vichy
Canton Chief town of 2 cantons:
* Vichy-1
* Vichy-2
Intercommunality Vichy Communauté
Area
1
5.85 km2 (2.26 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
25,279
 • Density 4,321/km2 (11,192/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vichyssois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
03310 /03200
Elevation 243–317 m (797–1,040 ft)
(avg. 280 m or 920 ft)
Website www.ville-vichy.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Vichy (Occitan: Vichèi) is a commune in central France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, along the Allier river. It is the commune in the department with second largest population after Montluçon. It is in the historic province of Bourbonnais.

History

Vichy has lots of Spas and resorts. This site was inhabited before the Roman conquest of Gaul.

In 1861, Napoleon III visited Vichy several times.

During World War II, it was the capital city of Vichy France.

Geography

The commune of Vichy is on the southern part of the Allier department. The city is on the right side of the Allier river.

The commune has an area of 5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi), and its average altitude is 280 m (920 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 268 m (879 ft).

The distances from Vichy to other cities are:

Vichy and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Vichy

Vichy is surrounded by the communes Creuzier-le-Vieux, Cusset, Le Vernet, Abrest, Bellerive-sur-Allier and Charmeil.

Climate

The Köppen climate classification type for the climate at Vichy is an "Oceanic climate" (also known as Maritime Temperate climate) and of the subtype "Cfb".

Population

The inhabitants of Vichy are known, in French, as Vichyssois (women: Vichyssoises).

With a population of 25,279, Vichy is the second largest city of the Allier department. It has a population density of 4,321 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Vichy

Administration

Vichy is a subprefecture of the Allier department since 1941; before that year, the subprefecture was in Lapalisse. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Vichy and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of two cantons:

  • Vichy-1 formed by 3 communes and part of Vichy, with 18,420 inhabitants (2014).
  • Vichy-2 formed by 2 communes and part of Vichy, with 18,763 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Vichy Communauté.

Sister cities

Vichy is twinned with:

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