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Middle Franconia (district)

Map of Bavaria highlighting the Regierungsbezirk of Middle Franconia (district)
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Region seat Ansbach
 • Total 7,245.70 km2 (2,797.58 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 1,698,515
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)

Middle Franconia (German: Mittelfranken) is one of the three administrative regions of Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. It is in the west of Bavaria and adjoins the state of Baden-Württemberg. The administrative seat is Ansbach but the most populated city is Nuremberg.


These are similar to rural districts in Great Britain, or counties or parishes in the USA.

  1. Ansbach
  2. Erlangen-Höchstadt
  3. Fürth
  4. Neustadt (Aisch)-Bad Windsheim
  5. Nürnberger Land
  6. Roth
  7. Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen

Kreisfreie Städte

These are similar to urban districts in Great Britain: they are independent of the surrounding Landkreis. In the USA they are the same as independent cities.

  1. Ansbach (the administrative headquarters of Middle Franconia)
  2. Erlangen
  3. Fürth
  4. Nuremberg (Nürnberg)
  5. Schwabach

Brief history

The area, previously composed of independent principalities within the Holy Roman Empire, became a district of the Kingdom of Bavaria in Napoleonic times at the start of the 19th century. It gained its current name in 1838.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:


Year Inhabitants
1900 815,895
1910 930,868
1939 1,065,122
1950 1,273,030
1961 1,371,144
1970 1,486,389
1987 1,521,484
2002 1,703,869
2005 1,712,275
2006 1,712,622
2008 1,714,453
2010 1,710,876

See also

Bavaria portal


External links

  • Official website
  • Middle Franconia, described by a native Franconian resident
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