Saint-Girons, Ariège

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Saint-Girons
General view of the town
General view of the town
Coat of arms of Saint-Girons
Coat of arms
Saint-Girons is located in France
Saint-Girons
Saint-Girons
Coordinates: 42°59′09″N 1°08′48″E / 42.9858°N 1.1467°E / 42.9858; 1.1467Coordinates: 42°59′09″N 1°08′48″E / 42.9858°N 1.1467°E / 42.9858; 1.1467
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Saint-Girons
Intercommunality Saint-Girons
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Murillo
Area1 19.13 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 6,579
 • Density 340/km2 (890/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 09261 / 09200
Elevation 387–1,200 m (1,270–3,937 ft)
(avg. 391 m or 1,283 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.

Saint-Girons (French: [sɛ̃.ʒi.ʁɔ̃]; Occitan: Sent Gironç) is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France.

History[edit]

Antiquity[edit]

Funerary cippus to a Pompeia

Unlike its close neighbour Saint-Lizier, Saint-Girons isn't an ancient city; there was however a lucus on its present territory where some Roman finds were made during the construction of the train station in the beginning of the twentieth century. Modern-days district Le Luc is considered to owe its name to this ancient lucus.

Foundation[edit]

St Girons' Church by the Salat river
St Girons' Church by the Salat river

The city is named after Saint Girons, a saint from fifth-century Landes who evangelized Novempopulania. In the ninth century some of his relics were supposedly buried in Saint Girons' Church, around which the city later developed.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Saint-Girons are called Saint-Gironnais.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 2,749 —    
1800 3,054 +11.1%
1806 3,348 +9.6%
1821 3,868 +15.5%
1831 4,381 +13.3%
1836 4,282 −2.3%
1841 3,901 −8.9%
1846 4,142 +6.2%
1851 3,981 −3.9%
1856 4,005 +0.6%
1861 4,576 +14.3%
1866 4,745 +3.7%
1872 4,690 −1.2%
1876 4,953 +5.6%
1881 5,191 +4.8%
1886 5,459 +5.2%
1891 5,448 −0.2%
1896 5,915 +8.6%
1901 6,018 +1.7%
1906 5,990 −0.5%
1911 5,929 −1.0%
1921 5,749 −3.0%
1926 6,178 +7.5%
1931 6,120 −0.9%
1936 6,406 +4.7%
1946 7,026 +9.7%
1954 6,841 −2.6%
1962 7,368 +7.7%
1968 7,971 +8.2%
1975 8,130 +2.0%
1982 7,260 −10.7%
1990 6,596 −9.1%
1999 6,254 −5.2%
2008 6,579 +5.2%
Hilly countryside
Countryside
Countryside, Pyrenees
Countryside

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Saint-Girons, Ariège (1971 - 2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
11.1
(52)
13.6
(56.5)
15.3
(59.5)
19.1
(66.4)
22.3
(72.1)
25
(77)
24.9
(76.8)
22.7
(72.9)
18.5
(65.3)
13.2
(55.8)
10.4
(50.7)
17.2
(63)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
6.4
(43.5)
8.2
(46.8)
10
(50)
13.7
(56.7)
16.9
(62.4)
19.6
(67.3)
19.7
(67.5)
16.9
(62.4)
12.9
(55.2)
8.4
(47.1)
6.2
(43.2)
12
(54)
Average low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
1.1
(34)
3.1
(37.6)
5.1
(41.2)
8.6
(47.5)
11.9
(53.4)
14
(57)
13.9
(57)
11.2
(52.2)
7.7
(45.9)
3.2
(37.8)
1
(34)
6.8
(44.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 82.1
(3.232)
79.1
(3.114)
89.2
(3.512)
106.5
(4.193)
109
(4.29)
92.5
(3.642)
57.3
(2.256)
74.2
(2.921)
78.7
(3.098)
86.9
(3.421)
81.9
(3.224)
80
(3.15)
1,017.3
(40.051)
Source: [1]

Sport[edit]

Stage 8 of the 2009 Tour de France finished in Saint-Girons, after travelling 176 km from Andorra la Vella.

State 9 of the 2013 Tour de France started here.

References[edit]