Cusset is a commune in the department of Allier, in central French region of Auvergne. Situated in the foothills of the Bourbonnaise Mountains, the city is a suburb of Vichy and ranks fourth in population for the department.
Cusset from Montbeton neighborhood
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jean-Sébastien Laloy|
|31.93 km2 (12.33 sq mi)|
|• Density||420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||255–483 m (837–1,585 ft) |
(avg. 310 m or 1,020 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Located on the Sichon River, tributary of the Allier river, in the foothills of the Bourbonnaise Mountain, at an altitude of approximately 980 feet on top of the Mount Béton, Cusset is annexed to Vichy.
The city includes fifty or so Lieux-dit (part of a municipality nominated because of an historical particularity), the most important are Presle, Puy-Besseau, the Bartins, Champcourt, Chantegrelet, Chassignol and Viermeux.
Cusset is a part of the arrondissement of Vichy, for many years it was the capital of a unique canton until 1985, at which point a decree separated this canton into two parts : Northern Cusset and Southern Cusset. Following the boundary changes of 2014, only one canton shall remain in 2015.
The municipality is located, as the crow flies, at an equal distance between the administrative centers of the department of Moulins to the north and of the region of Clermont-Ferrand to the southeast (approx. 30 miles).
Geology and reliefEdit
The surface area of the municipality 7890 acres, its altitude varies between 837 and 1584 feet. The low-lying areas are located near Vichy (built residences on the Sichon riverside) whereas the high-altitude sectors are located to the east (Chassignol, Meunière, Viermeux, Les Acarins)
The Sichon passes through the municipality, tributary of the Allier river ; the Bourbonnaise Mountain is the source of other waterways which cross the municipality ( le Jolan, le Rebusset, l’Abrion, le Dalbot).
The climate in this region is continental. The climate records come from the nearest weather station located in Charmeil, close to the airport. In 2011 the city was exposed to the sun for a total of 88 days (2096 hours), these results are very close to the national average. The municipality registered a rainfall of 23 inches and the maximal speed of the wind reached 52 mph.
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
- "Liste nominative des communes de l'Allier (avec maire, arrondissement et canton)" [Nominative list of communes of Allier (with mayor, arrondissement and canton)] (PDF). Association of Mayors and Presidents of Communities of Allier (in French). 1 April 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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