Puy-de-Dôme department

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Coat of arms of the Puy-de-Dôme department
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 Puy-de-Dôme department in France
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region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
prefecture Clermont-Ferrand
Sub-prefecture (s) Ambert
Residents 653,742 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 82 inhabitants per km²
surface 7,969.85 km²
Arrondissements 5
Community associations 14th
Cantons 31
Communities 464
President of the
Department Council
Jean-Yves Gouttebel
ISO-3166-2 code FR-63
Location of the Puy-de-Dôme
Location of the department of Puy-de-Dôme in the
region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

The Puy-de-Dome [ pɥiddoːm ] is the French department with the atomic number 63. It is in the center of the country in the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and after the volcanic Puy Dôme in the Massif Central named.


The department borders the Allier department to the north, the Loire department to the east, the Haute-Loire and Cantal departments to the south and the Corrèze and Creuse departments of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region to the west .

The department is located in the north of the Massif Central . The Allier , which runs from south to north, separates the Chaîne des Puys volcanic cone chain to the west from the eastern mountain ranges in the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park . The highest mountain of the Chaîne des Puys is 1465 m, the Puy de Dôme, which gives the department its name . Between Puy de Dome and Allier, the capital of Clermont-Ferrand is located in the middle of the department . To the southwest of Clermont-Ferrand lies the mountain range of the Monts Dore with the Puy de Sancy as the highest point of the Massif Central (1885 m). The Dordogne rises in the Monts Dore and leaves the department to the southwest, where it forms part of the border with the Corrèze department. The entire area from the Chaîne des Puys to the southwestern border with the Cantal department is part of the Volcans d'Auvergne Regional Nature Park . In the border area to the southwest lies the Artense granite plateau , to the south the Cézallier mountainous region .

In the east of the department, the Dore runs northwards as the right tributary of the Alliers, while the Sioule drains north-west as the left tributary of the Alliers.


The department was formed during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790 from a part of the then existing province of Auvergne .

There is the following anecdote about the naming: When the old provinces were to be replaced by the new divisions into regions and departments in 1790, people wavered between Mont-Dore (after Mont d'Or, a place in the area according to the spelling at the time German "Goldberg") and the name Puy-de-Dôme. The main reason was the fear that such a valuable name would be taxed a lot higher.

It was divided into eight districts ( French: district ), the forerunners of the arrondissements . The districts were Ambert, Besse, Billom, Clermont-Ferrand, Issoire, Montaigut, Riom and Thiers. The department and the districts were subdivided into cantons and had about 480,000 inhabitants (?). The capital was already Clermont-Ferrand at that time .

The arrondissements were established on February 17, 1800. They were Ambert , Clermont-Ferrand , Issoire , Riom and Thiers .

From September 10, 1926 to June 1, 1942, the Arrondissement Ambert was dissolved, the area belonged to the Arrondissement Thiers at that time.

From 1960 to 2015 it was part of the Auvergne region that became part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in 2016 .


The most populous municipalities in the Puy de Dôme department are:

city Population
Clermont-Ferrand 143,886 Clermont-Ferrand
Cournon-d'Auvergne 20,043
Riom 19,180 Riom
Chamalières 17.173 Clermont-Ferrand
Issoire 14,822 Issoire
Thiers 11,847 Thiers
Pont-du-Château 11,441 Clermont-Ferrand
Beaumont 10,787
Gerzat 10,365
Aubière 10,061

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Puy-de-Dôme department

The Puy-de-Dôme department is divided into five arrondissements , 31 cantons and 464 communes :

Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Ambert 2 58 000000000027583.000000000027,583 1,229.82 000000000000022.000000000022nd 631
Clermont-Ferrand 17th 74 000000000355966.0000000000355.966 912.69 000000000000390.0000000000390 632
Issoire 5 133 000000000077963.000000000077,963 2,268.45 000000000000034.000000000034 633
Riom 10 155 000000000135843.0000000000135.843 2,705.38 000000000000050.000000000050 634
Thiers 4th 44 000000000056387.000000000056,387 853.51 000000000000066.000000000066 635
Puy-de-Dôme department 31 464 000000000653742.0000000000653.742 7,969.85 000000000000082.000000000082 63

See also:

Photo gallery


  • Johannes Baier (2020): The Chaîne des Puys in the Auvergne. - Fossils 37 (2): 46-56.

Web links

Commons : Département Puy-de-Dôme  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. cg63.fr ( Memento of the original from May 18, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. accessed on May 10, 2015.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.cg63.fr

Coordinates: 45 ° 42 '  N , 3 ° 11'  E