Administrative divisions of French Polynesia

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There are two levels of administrative divisions of French Polynesia and five administrative subdivisions (French: subdivisions administratives). Each of these is further divided into a total of 48 communes. Many of the communes are further subdivided into communes associées. The breakdown into administrative subdivisions was as a result of decree #72-408 of May 17, 1972[1], and the communes were thereafter established as a result of law #71-1028, dated December 24, 1971.[2]

The subdivisions administratives are:

Below are several lists of the 48 communes, according to different sorting schemes.

By subdivision[edit]

For French administrative convenience, Clipperton Island had been attached to French Polynesia until February 20, 2007, but never formed part of any administrative subdivision or commune of French Polynesia. On February 21, 2007, Clipperton Island was transferred from the High Commissioner of the republic in French Polynesia to the Minister of Overseas France.[1]

Source INSEE - Code officiel géographique 2005

By INSEE code[edit]

The following lists the communes in order by their INSEE codes.

Name INSEE code
Anaa 98711
Arue 98712
Arutua 98713
Bora-Bora 98714
Faaa 98715
Fakarava 98716
Fangatau 98717
Fatu-Hiva 98718
Gambier 98719
Hao 98720
Hikueru 98721
Hitiaa O Te Ra 98722
Hiva-Oa 98723
Huahine 98724
Mahina 98725
Makemo 98726
Manihi 98727
Maupiti 98728
Moorea-Maiao 98729
Napuka 98730
Nuku-Hiva 98731
Nukutavake 98732
Paea 98733
Papara 98734
Papeete 98735
Pirae 98736
Puka Puka 98737
Punaauia 98738
Raivavae 98739
Rangiroa 98740
Rapa 98741
Reao 98742
Rimatara 98743
Rurutu 98744
Tahaa 98745
Tahuata 98746
Taiarapu-Est 98747
Taiarapu-Ouest 98748
Takaroa 98749
Tumaraa 98754
Taputapuatea 98750
Tatakoto 98751
Teva I Uta 98752
Tubuai 98753
Tureia 98755
Ua-Huka 98756
Ua-Pou 98757
Uturoa 98758

Sources : INSEE - Code officiel géographique 2005

By area[edit]

Here the communes are listed by decreasing area. The average size of French Polynesian communes is 72 km², while the median area is 49 km², higher than the average and median areas of metropolitan French communes (14.88 km² and 10.73 km², respectively), but the size of these communes is predominantly dependent on the land area of the islands they occupy.

Name Area (km²)
1 Nuku-Hiva 387
2 Hiva-Oa 316
3 Hitiaa O Te Ra 218
4 Taiarapu-Est 216
5 Rangiroa 145
6 Moorea-Maiao 134
7 Teva I Uta 120
8 Fakarava 110
9 Ua-Pou 105
10 Taiarapu-Ouest 104
11 Makemo 100
12 Papara 93
13 Tahaa 88
14 Fatu-Hiva 84
15 Taputapuatea 83
16 Ua-Huka 83
17 Punaauia 76
18 Huahine 74
19 Tumaraa 71
20 Tahuata 69
21 Hao 65
22 Paea 65
23 Anaa 56
24 Mahina 52
25 Arutua 46
26 Gambier 46
27 Tubuai 45
28 Rapa 40
29 Bora-Bora 38
30 Pirae 35
31 Takaroa 35
32 Faaa 34
33 Rurutu 29
34 Manihi 25
35 Papeete 19
36 Reao 18
37 Uturoa 16
38 Raivavae 16
39 Arue 16
40 Hikueru 15
41 Fangatau 14
42 Maupiti 14
43 Nukutavake 12
44 Napuka 12
45 Rimatara 9
46 Puka Puka 8
47 Tureia 7
48 Tatakoto 7

Sources: [3]

By population[edit]

Here the communes are listed according to decreasing population. The 2002 census counted 246,566 inhabitants, for a total population density of 71.1 people per km². The average commune population is 5,137, while the median is 2,093, much higher than the average and median metropolitan French commune (1,542 and 380, respectively).

Name Population
(2002)
Area
(km²)
Density
(hab./km²)
1 Faaa 28 421 34 831
2 Papeete 25 521 19 1 343
3 Punaauia 23 762 76 313
4 Pirae 14 850 35 424
5 Moorea-Maiao 14 693 134 110
6 Mahina 13 609 52 264
7 Paea 12 327 65 190
8 Taiarapu-Est 10 596 216 49
9 Papara 9 659 93 104
10 Arue 9 319 16 582
11 Hitiaa O Te Ra 8 319 218 38
12 Teva I Uta 7 861 120 66
13 Bora-Bora 7 295 38 192
14 Taiarapu-Ouest 6 181 104 59
15 Huahine 5 757 74 78
16 Tahaa 4 845 88 55
17 Taputapuatea 4 156 83 50
18 Uturoa 3 568 16 223
19 Tumaraa 3 409 71 48
20 Rangiroa 3 071 145 21
21 Nuku-Hiva 2 652 387 7
22 Ua-Pou 2 200 105 21
23 Rurutu 2 189 29 75
24 Tubuai 2 171 45 48
25 Hiva-Oa 2 015 316 6
26 Takaroa 1 524 35 44
27 Fakarava 1 511 110 14
28 Hao 1 501 65 23
29 Makemo 1 454 100 15
30 Arutua 1 436 46 31
31 Manihi 1 230 25 49
32 Maupiti 1 191 14 88
33 Gambier 1 097 46 24
34 Raivavae 996 16 62
35 Rimatara 815 9 91
36 Tahuata 677 69 10
37 Anaa 639 56 11
38 Fatu-Hiva 584 84 7
39 Ua-Huka 584 83 7
40 Reao 553 18 31
41 Rapa 497 40 12
42 Tureia 314 7 43
43 Napuka 307 12 25
44 Nukutavake 278 12 23
45 Fangatau 275 14 19
46 Tatakoto 255 7 35
47 Hikueru 205 15 13
48 Puka Puka 197 8 25

Source: [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Cahoon. "French Minor Dependencies". Worldstatesmen.org. 
  2. ^ Schmiff, Robert C. (Feb 1962). "Urbanization in French Polynesia". Land Economics. 1 38: 71-75. 

Source[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Journal officiel de la République française ("Official Journal of the French Republic"), May 20 1972.
  2. ^ Journal officiel de la République française, December 25 1971, according to decree #72-407 of May 17, 1972 ('Journal officiel de la République française, May 20, July 1972, and 9 1972).

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