|Prefecture building of the Rhône department, in Lyon|
|• President of the General Council||Michel Forissier (interim) (Centrist)|
|• Total||3,249 km2 (1,254 sq mi)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Originally, the eastern border of Rhône was the city of Lyon itself, so that the communes immediately east of Lyon belonged to neighboring department. With the growth of Lyon and the spilling of the urban area over the suburban communes of Lyon, the limits of the department were judged impractical as they left the suburbs of Lyon outside of Rhône . Thus, Rhône was enlarged several times to incorporate into it the suburbs of Lyon from neighboring department:
- In 1852, four communes from Isère were incorporated into Rhône.
- In 1967, 23 communes of Isère and six communes of Ain were incorporated into Rhône.
- In 1971, one commune from Isère was incorporated into Rhône.
With these enlargements, the area of the Rhône department increased from 2,791 km² to the current 3,249 km² (16.4% larger). At the 1999 French census, the original Rhône department would have had only 1,071,288 inhabitants, which means that the population in the territories added in the last two centuries was 507,581 inhabitants in 1999. Lyon remains the administrative center of the département.
Over 75% of the population lives within the Lyon metropolitan area, which includes all of the largest cities of the Rhône department, apart from Villefranche-sur-Saône (1999 census).
- Lyon: 504,187 inhabitants
- Villeurbanne: 162,500 inhabitants
- Vénissieux: 60,487 inhabitants
- Caluire-et-Cuire: 46,667 inhabitants
- Saint-Priest: 45,213 inhabitants
- Vaulx-en-Velin: 42,466 inhabitants
- Villefranche-sur-Saône: 38,863 inhabitants
- Bron: 40,600 inhabitants
|•||Union for a Popular Movement||16|
|French Communist Party||3|
|Left Radical Party||1|
- Cantons of the Rhône department
- Communes of the Rhône department
- Arrondissements of the Rhône department
- French language
- Arpitan language
- "Michel Mercier démissionne de la présidence du Conseil Général du Rhône. Il a été élu ce samedi 5 janvier 2013 après-midi maire de la nouvelle commune du Rhône dont le nom est Thizy-les-Bourgs. Il était d'ailleurs le seul candidat en lice !", France 3 Rhône Alpes, 5 January 2013
- (French) Prefecture website
- (French) General Council website
- (French) 69.pagesd.info - Webportal and directory of communes and web sites of the Rhône (69) département website