|Coat of Arms of Loire|
|President of the General Council:||Bernard Bonne
|Land area¹:||4781 km2|
|¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.|
Loire was created in 1793 when the original department of Rhône-et-Loire was split.
Its capitals have been the following:
The River Loire traverses the department from south to north.
The Loire department is split into three arrondissements:
The inhabitants of the department are called Ligériens.
The industrial city of Saint-Étienne with its suburbs contains some 290,000 of the area's 728,542 inhabitants.
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