Population: with 1,340,376 inhabitants in 2018, i.e. a population that is growing slightly, Champagne-Ardenne is one of the least populated regions in France. Only Dawn observes a slight increase with the Marne. Together they represent 2.1% of the French population.

Demographics: Life expectancy remains the lowest in France. The standard of living would be the explanation. Haute-Marne is the department with the highest number of senior citizens. The region has lost 2% of its population over the last decade.

Density: 52 inhab/km² in 2013 (for comparison, the French population density is 115 inhab/km²), so the region is holding its own. 62.8% of Champardenais live in towns and cities, the main agglomerations being Reims, Troyes, Charleville-Mézières and Châlons-en-Champagne. 37.2% settled in the countryside.

Surface area: 25,606 km² (i.e. 4.7% of French territory).

Prefecture: Châlons-en-Champagne. However, Reims and its inhabitants, as well as Troyes, with 63,044 inhabitants, are the largest and most populous cities.

Number of municipalities: 1,949 towns and communes spread over the 4 departments, which are now part of the new Grand-Est region.

Main stream : The Marne.

Ardennes (08)

Located in the north of the region.

Surface area: 5,229 km².

Prefecture: Charleville-Mézières.

Sub-prefectures: Sedan, Rethel, Givet.

Number of inhabitants: 280,907 . Vroncourt-la-Côte in Haute-Marne has only 37 inhabitants, making it the least populated commune and Reims, with its 186,505 inhabitants, is at the top of the list.

Dawn (10)

Surface area: 6,004 km².

Prefecture: Troyes (former capital of the Counts of Champagne).

Sub-prefectures: Bar-sur-Aube, Nogent-sur-Seine.

Number of inhabitants: 308,094 inhabitants (estimated at the last census in 2013) with a density of approximately 50.1 inhabitants/km², including 128,350 inhabitants in Troyes Champagne Métropole.

Marne (51)

Surface area: 8,162 km².

Prefecture: Châlons-en-Champagne.

Number of inhabitants: 570,817 inhabitants

Sub-prefectures: Reims, Sainte-Menehould, Epernay, Vitry-le-François.

Reims is the largest city in the department of Marne and the Champagne-Ardenne region, in terms of population. In the most populated department of the region, the city of Reims alone has 179,992 inhabitants.

Haute-Marne (52)

Surface area: 6,211 km².

Prefecture: Chaumont.

Sub-prefectures: Langres, Saint-Dizier.

Number of inhabitants: 180,673 (estimated on 1 January 2016) and a lower population density (30 inhabitants/km²).

Flags, coats of arms and logos of the Great East

"Azure on a bend Argent between two double cotices potent and counter-potent Or, on a chief Azure three fleurs-de-lis in fess, the Arms of Troyes. During the First Empire, the fleurs-de-lis were replaced by bees, symbols of the new imperial dimension of the city. The fleur-de-lys can be found on the coats of arms of Châlons-en-Champagne and Reims, attesting to a royal concession from which the "good cities" would have benefited. Blue symbolizes wisdom, justice, loyalty. As for the logo of Champagne-Ardenne, it represents two crossed hearts, yellow and green. Finally, the coat of arms of the new Grand Est region, cut into three parts, juxtaposes the beakless birds of Lorraine, the crowns of Alsace and the cotices of Champagne-Ardenne. For the small anecdote, the Alsatians refuse this coat of arms, preferring to illustrate their license plate of 68... Irreducible, these Alsatians!

Did you know that at vous ?

The Rémois are in Reims, the Troyes in Troyes, but what do you call the inhabitants of Bar-sur-Aube (10)? It's about the Baralbins. Those of Charleville-Mézières (08) are called Carolomacériens, those of Epernay (51) Sparnacians, in Saint-Dizier (52) you will meet Bragards and in Monthermé (08) Barracks. As for Chaumont (52), the Calvimontese are kings. For the anecdote, those of Bercenay-en-Othe (Aube) are Daguennelles, named after these small brown plums.

What about Saint-Rémy-en-Bouzemont-Saint-Genest-et-Isson in the Marne? It is the French commune which holds the longest name.

And when we know that the people of the Ardennes used to go and glean their "canadas" in the fields, in other words their potatoes, it's to lose one's Latin!

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