Sergy, Ain

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Sergy
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Sergy
Coat of arms
Sergy is located in France
Sergy
Sergy
Coordinates: 46°15′07″N 5°59′56″E / 46.252°N 5.999°E / 46.252; 5.999Coordinates: 46°15′07″N 5°59′56″E / 46.252°N 5.999°E / 46.252; 5.999
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Gex
Canton Gex
Intercommunality Pays de Gex
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Denis Linglin
Area1 9.46 km2 (3.65 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,706
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01401 / 01630
Elevation 439–1,718 m (1,440–5,636 ft)
(avg. 475 m or 1,558 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.

Sergy is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France.

History[edit]

At the time of Roman occupation under Julius Caesar, a certain Sergius was rewarded with land - over time a small village developed around his home. Sergy was under Roman control for 464 years.

In the Middle Ages, the Sergier family administered Sergy until 1533. This family also founded a chapel.

In 1536, the Pays de Gex was invaded by the Bernese, and Protestantism was imposed by the de Martine family. The Sergier church became the Religionnaires temple.

In 1589, the Genevese took possession of the area, and in 1600 it became part of Catholic France. The temple in Sergy remained a Protestant church.

In 1685, the king forbade the reformed Protestant religion, and the temple was destroyed. In need of money, the de Martine family mortgaged Sergy, which was divided into "Sergy haut" (high Sergy) and "Sergy bas" (low Sergy). The castle, situated towards the lower end of the village, was in very bad condition when the Genevan family, the Buissons, became the owners in 1755.

In 1779, Pierre Pictet (the husband of a member of the Buisson family) became lord of Sergy until the French revolution. During this period, a church was built in the lower village. This is the same church as is found in Sergy today.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 245 —    
1800 297 +21.2%
1806 323 +8.8%
1821 357 +10.5%
1831 359 +0.6%
1836 385 +7.2%
1841 412 +7.0%
1846 385 −6.6%
1851 387 +0.5%
1856 397 +2.6%
1861 384 −3.3%
1866 347 −9.6%
1872 353 +1.7%
1876 337 −4.5%
1881 334 −0.9%
1886 337 +0.9%
1891 343 +1.8%
1896 303 −11.7%
1901 337 +11.2%
1906 302 −10.4%
1911 309 +2.3%
1921 267 −13.6%
1926 267 +0.0%
1931 253 −5.2%
1936 256 +1.2%
1946 262 +2.3%
1954 274 +4.6%
1962 271 −1.1%
1968 297 +9.6%
1975 605 +103.7%
1982 946 +56.4%
1990 1,201 +27.0%
1999 1,247 +3.8%
2008 1,706 +36.8%

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