Aubière is located in the south of Clermont-Ferrand, in the center of Puy-de-Dôme . It borders other Clermont’s villages such as: Beaumont, Romagnat, Pérignat-lès-sarlieve and Cournon-d’Auvergne. In Aubière, there’s an important Shopping mall “PleinSud”, and the Cézeaux’s Campus which gathers an important teaching center as well as a research one. A large fire department including Beaumont’s firefighters is located on new housing estates in development in the northeast.
The village of Aubière doesn’t have a railway station but the closest railways stations are located in Clermont, the “gare principal” and the “gare de Clermont-la Pardieu”.
There were 5204 accommodations in 2009 against only 4408 in 1999. Among these accommodations, 91,6% were main residences, 1,2% were secondary residences and 7.2% were holidays residences. 53.7% of them were individual houses and 45,1% were apartments. The portion of the main residences which are owned by its residents was 50.9%. The number has been slightly decreasing if compared with 1999’s number (58,4%). The renting of empty HLM (Habitation à Loyer Moderé), which means (council Accommodation) went down from 7.4% to 7%.
Aubière belonged to the Clermont-Ferrand’s district in 1793 which became in 1801 the suburbs of the city. In 1873, the village gives away Pérignat-lès-Sarliève.
Until the end of the 19th century, Aubière had an intensive activity connected to wine which ended after the phylloxera epidemic. Proof of that is the fact that most of the “maison de bourg” ( typical houses built vertically) have a winery on the cave and most of these were built on the North and South edges of Aubière, along the “Vallée de l’Artière” which is a valley all across the village. Nowadays, there is only one wine producer in the village. The particularity of these wine cellars is that they are also built in height due to the fact that the water that runs under the houses creates a large amount of humidity. A local legend is likely to tell us to go up to the cellar instead of going down to the cellar. The Aubiére’s museum of grapevine and wine still conserves the traditional tools used in the wine production as well as the most important files. The scope of this museum is not restricted to the village of Aubière but to all kinds of wine produced in Auvergne. Still in the agriculture aspect, we can find many private vegetable fields. Even if these fields still exist, they are losing area in consequence of the increasing demography and the rent.
In 2011, there were 9475 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of population is known thanks to the population census made in the village since 1793. Since the 21st century, all the actual census of the village of less than 10 000 inhabitants happens every five years, unlike the others that make it every year. Demography evolution
Cultural events and festivities
The feast of the “Rosière” happens at the end of every spring, “the Rosière” (the most beautiful girl or woman in the celebration) is chosen. Every year, in September, the village organizes “La foire de Saint Loup”, where everyone can participate and empty their attics.
Aubière is part of the Academy of Clermont-Ferrand. It manages the two Primary and Compulsory public schools, Beaudonnat and Vercingetorix. The Puy de Dôme’s general council runs the Public middle school called Joliot Curie.
There is also a private educational center named Saint Joseph composed by an elementary and middle school. There is also the Cezeaux Campus composed by a variety of schools.
In 2009, 6433 people aged 15 or more living in the village weren’t studying anymore. 11,8% of these people only had a certificate of primary school, 7,9% a BEP, which stands for Brevet d’Etudes Professionnelles, that means Certificate in a professional middle school, or a middle school certificate, 23,4% a CAP, which stands for Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle that means Certificate of Professional Competence or a BEP and 15,3% had the A’ level.
Social and sportive lifestyle
Aubière is home to a football team who dresses in yellow and blue in honor of the colors of the village. This team plays in the Beaudonnat stadium. There is also the “Amicale Laique”; an association that provides basket, tennis, handball, etc. and many associations of dancing, gym, judo, karate, and a sports club.