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]

The city was first documented in 300 BC. At first it was a gold mine, and the town developed around it. Gold mining was active until 2006.