|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Marie Targé|
|• Land1||15.7 km2 (6.1 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||17018 / 17290|
|Elevation||0–31 m (0–102 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 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.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ardilliérois or Ardilliéroises
Ardillières is located some 25 km south-east of La Rochelle and 20 km east of Châtelaillon-Plage. Access to the commune is by the D111 road from Ciré-d'Aunis in the west passing through the commune and the village and continuing to the east. The D208 road also goes north-east from the village to join the D939 at Le Cher. The D205E2 also goes north-west from the village to Le Thou. Apart from the village there are also the hamlets of Les Perrieres, Toucherit, Villeneuve, and Bois des Mottes. The commune is entirely farmland apart from a few small patches of forest.
The southern portion of the commune is covered with a network of canals which link to the Charras Canal which crosses the south of the commune from west to east.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 782 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Distribution of Age Groups
The population of the town is relatively young. The ratio of persons above the age of 60 years (16.5%) is lower than the national average (21.6%) and the departmental average (28.1%). Unlike national and departmental allocations, the male population of the town is greater than the female population (50.1% against 48.4% nationally and 48.2% at the departmental level).
Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Ardillières and Charente-Maritime Department in 2009
|0 to 14 Years||24.5||27.2||17.2||15.1|
|15 to 29 Years||13.3||14.1||16.5||14.4|
|30 to 44 Years||27.8||28.2||18.7||17.9|
|45 to 59 Years||18.6||13.3||21.0||20.8|
|60 to 74 Years||11.7||10.5||17.2||17.8|
|75 to 89 Years||4.1||6.2||9.0||12.4|
- Evolution and Structure of the population of the Commune in 2009, INSEE.
- Evolution and Structure of the population of the Department in 2009, INSEE.
Sites and Monuments
- The dolmens: The Pierre Levée and Pierre-Fouquerée
- The Charras Canal
- the parish church of Saint-Pierre, built from the 11th to the 12th centuries
- the mill (Charles Goumard built it in the early 16th century)
- the ruins of the Chateau of Ardillères (14th century): there are two round towers; the lodging from the 17th century is surrounded by farm buildings of the 17th century and recent constructions. The medieval cellar is remarkable.
- Wind Farm
- Rural cottages
- Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, Squire of Iberville and Ardillières, founder of the Louisiana colony in 1700 where he built the Fort of Biloxi.
- Communes of the Charente department
- Ardillières on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Ardillières on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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.
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