Sainte-Soulle

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Sainte-Soulle
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Sainte-Soulle is located in France
Sainte-Soulle
Sainte-Soulle
Coordinates: 46°11′13″N 1°00′38″W / 46.187°N 1.0106°W / 46.187; -1.0106Coordinates: 46°11′13″N 1°00′38″W / 46.187°N 1.0106°W / 46.187; -1.0106
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton La Jarrie
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Grimpret
Area
 • Land1 21.82 km2 (8.42 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 3,471
 • Population2 density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17407 / 17220
Elevation 3–42 m (9.8–137.8 ft)
(avg. 32 m or 105 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.

Sainte-Soulle is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated about 12 km (7.5 mi) east of La Rochelle and forms a part of the metropolitan area of La Rochelle.

It is traversed by the N11 (La Rochelle - Paris), which can be accessed at the Usseau roundabout. At the Usseau roundabout, the route connecting La Rochelle with Nantes (N137) branches off the N11. The future highway A831 (Fontenay-le-ComteRochefort) will pass through the commune.

Apart from the village Sainte-Soulle, the commune consists of the localities Les Grandes-Rivières, Les Petites-Rivières, Saint-Coux, part of Fontpatour, le Treuil-Arnaudeau, Usseau, La Gabardelière, Chavagne and Le Raguenaud.

Formerly an agricultural commune, it became urbanized in the 1990s and many of its residents are now employed in nearby La Rochelle.

History[edit]

The name of the commune comes from the local saint Soline (see also the commune of Sainte-Soline in the Deux-Sèvres department).

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,356 —    
1968 1,386 +2.2%
1975 1,918 +38.4%
1982 2,221 +15.8%
1990 2,603 +17.2%
1999 2,653 +1.9%
2008 3,471 +30.8%

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