Le Vigan, Gard

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Le Vigan
Le Vigan and the Arre River
Le Vigan and the Arre River
Le Vigan is located in France
Le Vigan
Le Vigan
Coordinates: 43°59′35″N 3°36′22″E / 43.9931°N 3.6061°E / 43.9931; 3.6061Coordinates: 43°59′35″N 3°36′22″E / 43.9931°N 3.6061°E / 43.9931; 3.6061
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Gard
Arrondissement Le Vigan
Canton Le Vigan
Intercommunality Pays Viganais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Eric Doulcier
Area1 17.24 km2 (6.66 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 3,964
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 30350 / 30120
Elevation 184–640 m (604–2,100 ft)
(avg. 231 m or 758 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.
View from the mountains to Le Vigan

Le Vigan is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

Geography[edit]

Le Vigan is located at the south of the Massif Central and near the Mont Aigoual, in the Arre valley.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,852 —    
1800 3,834 −0.5%
1806 3,983 +3.9%
1821 4,303 +8.0%
1831 4,909 +14.1%
1836 5,049 +2.9%
1841 4,938 −2.2%
1846 5,128 +3.8%
1851 4,993 −2.6%
1856 4,656 −6.7%
1861 5,376 +15.5%
1866 5,104 −5.1%
1872 5,024 −1.6%
1876 5,389 +7.3%
1881 5,268 −2.2%
1886 5,353 +1.6%
1891 5,374 +0.4%
1896 5,199 −3.3%
1901 5,126 −1.4%
1906 4,595 −10.4%
1911 4,744 +3.2%
1921 4,221 −11.0%
1926 4,274 +1.3%
1931 4,278 +0.1%
1936 3,704 −13.4%
1946 3,676 −0.8%
1954 3,867 +5.2%
1962 4,111 +6.3%
1968 4,207 +2.3%
1975 4,293 +2.0%
1982 4,517 +5.2%
1990 4,523 +0.1%
1999 4,429 −2.1%
2008 3,964 −10.5%

Economy[edit]

As with many towns in the Cévennes, there were many textile industries there in the past. Several quarries south of town above Montdardier were formerly important sources of lithographic limestone. Stone from these quarries earned an honorable mention in the Great Exhibition of 1851.[1]

Le Vigan is a tourist destination during summer time.

Personalities[edit]

Sights[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Class I, Report on Mining, Quarrying, Metallurgical Operations, and Mineral Products, Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes Into Which the Exhibition was Divided, Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851, Clowes, London, 1852; page 28.

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