Bouc-Bel-Air

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Bouc-Bel-Air
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Coat of arms of Bouc-Bel-Air
Coat of arms
Bouc-Bel-Air is located in France
Bouc-Bel-Air
Bouc-Bel-Air
Coordinates: 43°27′19″N 5°24′54″E / 43.4553°N 5.415°E / 43.4553; 5.415Coordinates: 43°27′19″N 5°24′54″E / 43.4553°N 5.415°E / 43.4553; 5.415
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Aix-en-Provence
Canton Gardanne
Intercommunality Pays d'Aix
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Claude Perrin
Area
 • Land1 21.75 km2 (8.40 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 13,437
 • Population2 density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13015 / 13320
Elevation 153–330 m (502–1,083 ft)
(avg. 259 m or 850 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.

Bouc-Bel-Air is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France. It is situated between Marseille, Gardanne and Aix-en-Provence. The old village is located at the summit of a small hill (a bouc in the regional language provençal).

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,506 —    
1800 1,413 −6.2%
1806 1,268 −10.3%
1821 1,344 +6.0%
1831 1,407 +4.7%
1836 1,327 −5.7%
1841 1,320 −0.5%
1846 1,299 −1.6%
1851 1,321 +1.7%
1856 1,321 +0.0%
1861 1,275 −3.5%
1866 1,168 −8.4%
1872 1,159 −0.8%
1876 1,062 −8.4%
1881 938 −11.7%
1886 933 −0.5%
1891 908 −2.7%
1896 895 −1.4%
1901 798 −10.8%
1906 825 +3.4%
1911 813 −1.5%
1921 794 −2.3%
1926 743 −6.4%
1931 842 +13.3%
1936 867 +3.0%
1946 1,159 +33.7%
1954 1,606 +38.6%
1962 2,158 +34.4%
1968 3,210 +48.7%
1975 4,533 +41.2%
1982 8,714 +92.2%
1990 11,512 +32.1%
1999 12,297 +6.8%
2008 13,437 +9.3%

Sights[edit]

Bouc-Bel-Air is typically in Provençal style, founded around a rock which formed the foundation of an old castle of the 7th century. It has a particularly nice view on several mountains among which the locally well known Sainte-Victoire.

History[edit]

Inhabited since very ancient times, its sites witness of Roman-Gallic settlings. Some of these sites date to the 7th century BC. Invasions of the Barbarians took place in the 7th century AD, the probable foundation date of the village. Birthplace (1797) of Adolphe Thiers, 2nd President of France (31 August 1871 – 24 May 1873)

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