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Rouergue (Occitan: Roèrgue) is a former province of France, bounded on the north by Auvergne, on the south and southwest by Languedoc, on the east by Gévaudan and on the west by Quercy. Its capital was Rodez.
Rouergue was turned into a département in 1790, which was called Aveyron, after the main river flowing through it. When the Tarn-et-Garonne département was created in 1808, Averyon had to relinquish the extreme west of its territory, which became part of Tarn-et-Garonne, so that today most of Rouergue is the Aveyron département, while a small part of Rouergue is the extreme east of Tarn-et-Garonne.
The province of Rouergue had a land area of 9,007 km² (3,478 sq. miles). At the 1999 census there were 269,774 inhabitants on the territory of the former province of Rouergue, which means a density of only 30 inh. per km² (78 inh. per sq. mile). The largest urban areas are Rodez, with 38,458 inhabitants in 1999, Millau, with 22,840 inhabitants in 1999, Decazeville , with 17,044 inhabitants in 1999, and Villefranche-de-Rouergue, with 12,561 inhabitants in 1999.
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