The Etang de Goulours
|• Mayor (2008–2020)||Claude Carrière|
|Area1||35.59 km2 (13.74 sq mi)|
|• Density||3.9/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||09023 / 09110|
|Elevation||879–2,360 m (2,884–7,743 ft)
(avg. 1,005 m or 3,297 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 Ascounais or Ascounaises.
Ascou is an alpine commune located some 40 km south-east of Foix and immediately east of Ax-les-Thermes. The northern border of the commune is the border between the departments of Ariège and Aude. Access to the commune is by the D25 road which branches off the D613 east of Ax-les-Thermes and continues through the village and the length of the commune to Mijanès over the mountains to the east. The D258 road branches off the D25 in the commune and goes north-east changing to the D107 at the border and continuing to La Fajolle. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Goulours, Lavail, and Pujal. The commune is entirely alpine in nature with no farmland.
The Ruisseau de l'Adorre rises in the east of the commune and flows west gathering tributaries and changing to the Lauze river before passing the village and continuing west to join the Ariège at Ax-les-Thermes. The Ruisseau de l'Eycherque rise in the north-east of the commune and flows south-west to join the Lauze at the D25 road. The Riu Caud flows from the north to join the Lauze at the Etang de Goulours
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2010 the commune had 139 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]
Sites and monuments
The Parish Church contains a Statue of the Virgin and child which is registered as a historical object.
- Michel Naudy, journalist and politician.
- Ascou on the IGN website (French)
- Ascou on Google Maps
- Ascou on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (French)
- Ascou on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Ascou 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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