Statue of Joan of Arc at Arlebosc
|Intercommunality||Pays de Saint-Félicien|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Paul Algier|
|• Land1||12.35 km2 (4.77 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||29/km2 (74/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||07014 / 07410|
|Elevation||265–1,028 m (869–3,373 ft)
(avg. 420 m or 1,380 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 Arleboscois or Arleboscoises
Arlebosc is located some 12 km west by south-west of Tournon-sur-Rhône and 8 km north-east of Lamastre. Access to the commune is by the D578 road from Saint-Jeure-d'Ay in the north passing through the village and continuing west then south-west to join the D534 north-west of Lamastre. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Saint-Just in the north-east and Les Fauries in the western extension of the commune. The commune is rugged and heavily forested with some farmland on the eastern side.
The Doux river forms part of the south-western border and flows through the commune from south-west to north-east. The Ruisseau de Balaye forms the western border as it flows south to join the Doux. Other streams rise in the commune and flow south-east to join the Doux. The Merdenc rises in the north of the commune and forms part of the northern border as it flows north-east to join the Daronne south-east of Saint-Felicien.
A legend attributes the name of the commune to one of its Lords: Bozon d'Arles.
Ernest Nègre explained the first element as an Occitan form erela meaning "cranberry". The French term for cranberry (Airelle) is considered to be a borrowing from a variant of the Massif Central or the Alpine éiréla (also airelo). The Provençal aire is also used for "cranberry", from the Latin ater meaning "black", d'où la signification globale de « bois des airelles ».3 , so the overall meaning is "forest of cranberries".
List of Successive Mayors
|1809||1816||Jean André Etienne-Peyrouze|
|1817||Jean Alexandre du Rouchet de Chazotte|
|2008||2014||Jean Paul Agier|
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 354 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 old. The ratio of persons above the age of 60 years (29.3%) is higher than the national average (21.8%) and the departmental average (26.8%). Unlike national and departmental allocations, the male population of the town is greater than the female population (50.1% against 48.7% nationally and 49.1% at the departmental level).
Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Arlebosc and Ardèche Department in 2009
|0 to 14 Years||13.3||11.6||18.7||16.9|
|15 to 29 Years||20.2||16.3||15.4||14.0|
|30 to 44 Years||11.6||15.7||19.9||18.9|
|45 to 59 Years||30.6||22.1||21.5||20.6|
|60 to 74 Years||13.3||14.5||16.1||16.4|
|75 to 89 Years||11.0||18.6||8.0||11.7|
- 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
- Chateau of Malgaray
- Chateau of Romaneaux
- Chateau of Chazotte from the 17th century
- Church of Saint Sacrement from the 19th century
- Chapel of Saint Just
Myriam Gagnaire, a presenter on France 3 and TV5 Monde on "Side gardens" is a resident of the commune and artistic director of La Compagnie du Chat qui louche (French), a cultural association whose headquarters is in Arlebosc and covers the Ardèche department with various cultural and educational activities in association with the local authorities.
- Communes of the Ardèche department
- Arlebosc on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Arlebosc 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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