|Coat of Arms of Puy-de-Dôme|
|President of the General Council:||Jean-Yves Gouttebel
|Land area¹:||7970 km2|
|¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.|
Puy-de-Dôme is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Auvergne. Originally, the department was to be called Mont d'Or ("golden mountain"), but this was judged not to be a very egalitarian name.
The department is in the Massif Central and boasts more than 80 volcanic craters. It is three hours from Paris and an hour from Lyon by highways A71 and A72. The A75 links it to the Mediterranean Sea.