Brad, Hunedoara

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Coordinates: 46°7′46″N 22°47′24″E / 46.12944°N 22.79000°E / 46.12944; 22.79000

Brad
Municipality
Country  Romania
County Hunedoara County
Status Municipality
Government
 • Mayor Florin Cazacu (Social Democratic Party)
Area
 • Total 79.98 km2 (30.88 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 13,909
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.e-brad.ro/

Brad (Romanian pronunciation: [brad]; Hungarian: Brád; German: Tannenhof) is a city in Hunedoara County in Romania. Its name comes from the Romanian word brad, "fir".

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1948 6,210 —    
1956 9,963 +60.4%
1966 15,532 +55.9%
1977 17,077 +9.9%
1992 18,861 +10.4%
2002 18,075 −4.2%
2011 13,909 −23.0%
Source: Census data

Geography[edit]

Five villages are administered by the city: Mesteacăn ("birch"; Mesztákon), Potingani (Pottingány), Ruda-Brad (Ruda), Țărățel (Cerecel) and Valea Bradului ("the valley of the fir tree"; Vályabrád).

History[edit]

A gold mine in the area began to be exploited in Roman times, and the town developed around it. The earliest documentary mention of Brad dates to 1445. Gold mining was active until 2006.