Ally, Cantal

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Château of La Vigne
Château of La Vigne
Ally is located in France
Coordinates: 45°10′30″N 2°18′57″E / 45.175°N 2.3158°E / 45.175; 2.3158Coordinates: 45°10′30″N 2°18′57″E / 45.175°N 2.3158°E / 45.175; 2.3158
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Mauriac
Canton Pleaux
Intercommunality Pays de Salers
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Yves Bony
 • Land1 23.11 km2 (8.92 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Population2 658
 • Population2 density 28/km2 (74/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 15003 / 15700
Elevation 471–810 m (1,545–2,657 ft)
(avg. 720 m or 2,360 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ally is a French commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Allyçois or Allyçoises[1]


Ally is located some 60 km south-west of Clermont-Ferrand and some 65 km south-east of Limoges in a straight line. It is at least 30 km from the nearest national highway and access is by district roads the most direct being the D680 which runs north-east from Pleaux and enters the western border of the commune. It goes directly to the town then turns to exit the commune south-east to join with the road D922. The D681 also comes south from Mauriac to the village and the D29 comes from Drugeac in the west by a circuitous route to the village.

The Auze river flows north forming the eastern and then the northern border of the commune before flowing into the Dordogne river south-west of Chalvignac. A number of streams feed this river from the commune including the Ruisseau de Peschaytou, Ruisseau de Terrieu, and Le Sione which forms part of the south-eastern border.

The commune is mostly farmland although with some mountain slopes and forests in the north.

There are quite a number of hamlets and villages in the commune. These are:

  • Champell
  • Chavergne
  • Crucholles
  • Drignac
  • Fraissy
  • Ginalhac
  • Labro
  • Langlade
  • Le Breuil
  • Les Martres
  • Le Peuch
  • Le Pouget
  • Le Puy Soutro
  • Maissac
  • Monteil
  • Nebouillieres
  • Pommier
  • Tarneu
  • Veze

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors of Ally

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Jean-Yves Bony[3] RPR then UMP MP for Cantal's 2nd constituency General Counsel

(Not all data is known)


In 2010, the commune had 658 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1] [Note 2]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,159 971 1,270 1,377 1,190 1,233 1,131 1,347 1,285
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,187 1,324 1,262 1,172 1,131 1,166 1,216 1,200 1,204
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,205 1,207 1,206 1,108 1,095 1,058 1,040 998 880
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2008 -
889 814 1,008 861 698 700 671 663 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Ally

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Château of La Vigne place inhabited by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and registered as a historical monument in 1991[4]
  • Church of Saint-Ferréol registered as a historical monument in 1987[5]

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
  2. ^ In the census table and the graph, by convention in Wikipedia, and to allow a fair comparison between five yearly censuses, the principle has been retained for subsequent legal populations since 1999 displayed in the census table and the graph that shows populations for the years 2006, 2011, 2016, etc.. , as well as the latest legal population published by INSEE


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Cantal (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ Consul General of Cantal dated 4 April 2008
  4. ^ French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00093433 Chateau of La Vigne (French)
  5. ^ French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00093435 Church of Saint Ferreol (French)