Mayenne department

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Coat of arms of the department of Mayenne
Finistère Côtes-d’Armor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Loire-Atlantique Vendée Manche Mayenne Orne Calvados Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Indre-et-Loire Vienne Deux-Sèvres Indre Loir-et-Cher Eure Eure-et-Loir Seine-Maritime Oise Aisne Somme Pas-de-Calais Nord Ardennes Marne Meuse Meurthe-et-Moselle Haute-Marne Vosges Moselle Haut-Rhin Bas-Rhin Territoire de Belfort Cher Loiret Yonne Aube Côte-d’Or Nièvre Haute-Saône Essonne Yvelines Seine-et-Marne Val-d’Oise Hauts-de-Seine Val-de-Marne Seine-Saint-Denis Paris Doubs Jura Saône-et-Loire Allier Creuse Haute-Vienne Charente Charente-Maritime Corrèze Dordogne Gironde Puy-de-Dôme Loire Rhône Ain Haute-Savoie Cantal Lot Savoie Haute-Loire Isère Ardèche Landes Lot-et-Garonne Hautes-Alpes Drôme Alpes-Maritimes Var Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Vaucluse Bouches-du-Rhône Gard Hérault Lozère Aveyron Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Gers Pyrènèes-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées Aude Pyrénées-Orientales Haute-Garonne Ariège Haute-Corse Corse-du-Sud Vereinigtes Königreich Andorra Guernsey Jersey Niederlande Belgien Luxemburg Deutschland Liechtenstein Monaco Österreich Schweiz Italien SpanienLocation of the department of Mayenne in France
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region Pays de la Loire
prefecture Laval
Sub-prefecture (s) Château-Gontier
Residents 307,445 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 59 inhabitants per km²
surface 5,174.31 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 11
Cantons 17th
Communities 242
President of the
Department Council
Olivier Richefou
ISO-3166-2 code FR-53
Location of the Mayenne
Location of the department of Mayenne in the
region Pays de la Loire

The Mayenne [ majɛn ] is the French department with the atomic number 53. It is in the northwest of the country in the Region Pays de la Loire and is named after the river Mayenne named. The capital of the department is Laval .


Melleraye village, Dep. Mayenne by Camille Pissarro (1876)

The Mayenne department is bordered by the Manche and Orne departments to the north, Sarthe to the east, Maine-et-Loire to the south and Ille-et-Vilaine to the west .

The département is hilly country , which, according to its internal structure, is predominantly part of Brittany and, like this, consists of granite , slate and Paleozoic sandstones .

The main river is the Mayenne , which crosses the department from north to south. The two largest cities, Laval and Mayenne, are also located on it . The river valleys of Mayenne, Sarthe and Vilaine are not deeply cut and wide, the soil is mostly fertile.

coat of arms

Description: In blue with a red border and a continuous white wave hermlin stake, two golden lilies under a golden lion .



The department was formed on March 4, 1790 from the western part of the former province of Maine and the northern part of Anjou .

The population was around 375,000 in 1861, compared to 340,000 in 1886.

The department has belonged to the Pays de la Loire region since 1960 .


The most populous municipalities in the Mayenne department are:

city Population
Laval 49,728 Laval
Château-Gontier-sur-Mayenne 16,776 Château-Gontier
Mayenne 12,841 Mayenne
Evron 8,671
Saint-Berthevin 7,344 Laval
Bonchamp-lès-Laval 6,037
Changé 6,020
Ernée 5,731

Administrative division

The Mayenne department is divided into three arrondissements , 17 cantons and 254 communes :

Communes and arrondissements in the Mayenne department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Château-Gontier 4th 76 000000000073615.000000000073,615 1,527.39 000000000000048.000000000048 531
Laval 7th 34 000000000113593.0000000000113,593 685.17 000000000000166.0000000000166 532
Mayenne 9 132 000000000120237.0000000000120,237 2,961.75 000000000000041.000000000041 533
Mayenne department 17th 242 000000000307445.0000000000307,445 5,174.31 000000000000059.000000000059 53

See also:


A regional partnership with the Bavarian district of Swabia has existed since 1987 .


Web links

Commons : Département Mayenne  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 47 ° 28 ′  N , 0 ° 32 ′  W