Saint-Etienne belongs to the department La Loire and the region Rhône-Alpes.
Saint-Etienne integrates 34 communes and about 375 000 habitants. At the gates of the Pilat Regional Park and near the gorges of the Loire, the city offers 720 acres of intramural green spaces and 7 parks.
The city was the winner of several awards for its educational activities and environment friendly management of the territories.
Environmental potential of the city greatly contrasts with the image of the “industrious” town that was associated with the place in the nineteenth century.