Contes, Alpes-Maritimes

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Contes
Contes Alpes Maritimes.jpg
Coat of arms of Contes
Coat of arms
Contes is located in France
Contes
Contes
Coordinates: 43°48′46″N 7°18′52″E / 43.8128°N 7.3144°E / 43.8128; 7.3144Coordinates: 43°48′46″N 7°18′52″E / 43.8128°N 7.3144°E / 43.8128; 7.3144
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Contes
Intercommunality Pays des Paillons
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Francis Tujague
Area1 19.47 km2 (7.52 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 6,909
 • Density 350/km2 (920/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06048 / 06390
Elevation 123–642 m (404–2,106 ft)
(avg. 290 m or 950 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.

Contes is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in south-eastern France.

Its inhabitants are Contois. Because the village sounds like the French word comte, the aristocratic title count, it called itself Point Libre during the revolutionary period.

It was probably mentioned in an ancient inscription DEO EGOMONI CVNTINO VIC CVN P.[1]

Geography[edit]

Contes is a 7.52-square-mile (19.5 km2) commune in the Southeast of France. It is located on Paillon valley, between 130 and 480 metres AMSL (430–1580 ft). The inhabitants live mainly in the village, but also in hamlets like Sclos, La Vernéa, La Pointe.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,442 —    
1800 1,474 +2.2%
1806 1,426 −3.3%
1822 1,838 +28.9%
1838 1,861 +1.3%
1848 1,904 +2.3%
1858 1,930 +1.4%
1861 1,707 −11.6%
1866 1,748 +2.4%
1872 1,560 −10.8%
1876 1,588 +1.8%
1881 1,681 +5.9%
1886 1,655 −1.5%
1891 1,634 −1.3%
1896 1,688 +3.3%
1901 1,653 −2.1%
1906 1,716 +3.8%
1911 1,911 +11.4%
1921 2,013 +5.3%
1926 2,524 +25.4%
1931 2,752 +9.0%
1936 2,717 −1.3%
1946 2,003 −26.3%
1954 2,366 +18.1%
1962 2,876 +21.6%
1968 2,458 −14.5%
1975 4,123 +67.7%
1982 4,941 +19.8%
1990 5,867 +18.7%
1999 6,550 +11.6%
2008 6,909 +5.5%

Economy[edit]

Formerly a rural community, with olive, vineyard and cattle-based economy, it has converted in a secondary town with services activities and residential areas for people working in the 15 km (9.3 mi) far city of Nice. The town has an important Lafarge plaster factory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blanc, Edmond (1878). "Remarques sur quelques textes gallo-romains des Alpes Maritimes qui portent des nom géographiques". Revue Archéologique 35: 156–163.