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Traditional province: Lyonnais
Bordering departments: Allier, Ardèche, Isère, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire
Area: 4,781 km2
Population (1995): 748,500 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Montbrison, Roanne
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 40 cantons, 327 communes.
The department is named after the river Loire (1,020
The department was created in 1793, when the department of Rhône-et-Loire was divided into Rhône and Loire.