La Grand-Croix

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La Grand-Croix
La Grand-Croix is located in France
La Grand-Croix
La Grand-Croix
Coordinates: 45°30′14″N 4°34′11″E / 45.5039°N 4.5697°E / 45.5039; 4.5697Coordinates: 45°30′14″N 4°34′11″E / 45.5039°N 4.5697°E / 45.5039; 4.5697
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Saint-Étienne
Canton La Grand-Croix
(chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Saint-Étienne Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Chatagnon
Area
 • Land1 4.05 km2 (1.56 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 4,962
 • Population2 density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 42103 / 42320
Elevation 274–427 m (899–1,401 ft)
(avg. 289 m or 948 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Grand-Croix is a commune and a canton in the Loire department in central France. It lies in the Gier valley.

The commune is the main town of the canton of La Grand-Croix, Arrondissement of Saint-Étienne, department of Loire in the Rhône-Alpes region.[1] The canton includes the towns of La Grand-Croix, Lorette, l'Horme, Cellieu, Chagnon, Farnay, Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay, Doizieux and Valfleury. The commune has an area of 405 hectares (1,000 acres) and as of 2013 had just over 5,000 inhabitants. It lies on the A47 autoroute. Lyon is 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the east, and Saint-Étienne is 18 kilometres (11 mi) to the west. The commune is close to the Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat.[2]

The Dorlay river, a tributary of the Gier that rises in Mont Pilat, forms the border between La Grand-Croix and Lorette.[3]

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