Villelongue-dels-Monts

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Villelongue-dels-Monts
Vilallonga dels Monts
Villelongue-dels-Monts is located in France
Villelongue-dels-Monts
Villelongue-dels-Monts
Coordinates: 42°31′35″N 2°54′15″E / 42.5264°N 2.9042°E / 42.5264; 2.9042Coordinates: 42°31′35″N 2°54′15″E / 42.5264°N 2.9042°E / 42.5264; 2.9042
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Argelès-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Albères
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Christian Nifosi
Area
 • Land1 11.55 km2 (4.46 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,346
 • Population2 density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66225 / 66740
Elevation 36–1,030 m (118–3,379 ft)
(avg. 117 m or 384 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.

Villelongue-dels-Monts (Catalan: Vilallonga dels Monts) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

The inhabitants are called Villelonguais.

Geography[edit]

Villelongue-dels-Monts is located in the south of the department Pyrénées-Orientales, 33 km south of Perpignan, 18 km east from the mediterranean sea and 17 km from the Spanish border by Le Perthus. Its close neighbouring communities are : in the north Banyuls-dels-Aspres, Brouilla and Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines ; in the east Laroque-des-Albères ; in the south l'Albère and in the west Montesquieu-des-Albères. The commune is part of the Canton of Argelès-sur-Mer, composed of the communes: Argelès-sur-Mer, Laroque-des-Albères, Montesquieu-des-Albères, Sorède, Saint-André, Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, Palau-del-Vidre and Villelongue-dels-Monts.

With a surface of 1155 hectars, the territory represents a form at the same time narrow and long (2 km from east to west and 8 km from north to south). The commune is structured by 3 bigger roads: the RD618 towards Argelès-sur-mer and the RN114 towards Perpignan, the RD11 allowing to join Montesquieu-of-Albères to the west and Laroque-of-Albères and Sorède to the east; the RD11a allows to join the RD618 over a south-north axis.

(Source : Rapport de présentation - PLU de Villelongue dels Monts)

History[edit]

Villelongue-dels-Monts is named after the peak above the village which means « Villelongue-du-Mont ». It was mentioned for the first time in 981. Eventually, the monastery of Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines possessed a freehold on "Villalonga". The phrase "Castrum Sancti Christophori" appeared in 1095 to indicate the fortress constructed on the rocky peak.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1851 521 —    
1856 495 −5.0%
1861 440 −11.1%
1866 454 +3.2%
1871 450 −0.9%
1876 470 +4.4%
1881 514 +9.4%
1886 505 −1.8%
1891 533 +5.5%
1896 520 −2.4%
1901 524 +0.8%
1906 512 −2.3%
1911 506 −1.2%
1921 508 +0.4%
1926 508 +0.0%
1931 506 −0.4%
1936 503 −0.6%
1946 456 −9.3%
1954 528 +15.8%
1962 437 −17.2%
1968 408 −6.6%
1975 513 +25.7%
1982 749 +46.0%
1990 831 +10.9%
1999 1,069 +28.6%
2004 1,230 +15.1%
2006 1,346 +9.4%
Source: commune and INSEE

Administration[edit]

Name Period
Raphaël Roque 1792–1794
Sauveur Vigo 1794–1797
Antoine Portes 1797–1800
Raphaël Roque 1800–1813
Joseph Guichet 1813–1815
Joseph Ribes 1815–1821
Joseph Guichet 1821–1831
Jean Guichet 1831–1835
Louis Galangau 1835–1842
Jean Guichet 1842–1846
Saturnin Blay 1846–1848
Jean Guichet 1848–1850
Pierre Badie 1850–1851
Saturnin Blay 1851–1856
François Durand 1856–1870
Jean-Baptiste Vigo 1870–1874
François Durand 1874–1876
Name Period
Jean-Baptiste Vigo 1876–1884
Jean Claret Guichet 1884–1888
Jean Cavaillé-Giralt 1888–1894
Pierre Cavaillé-Paris 1894–1896
Barthélemy Cavaillé 1896–1900
Louis Galangau-Jourda 1900–1907
Jean Boulet 1907–1914
Paul Portes 1914–1915
Jean Cavaillé 1915–1919
Jean Boulet 1919–1929
Antonin Monné 1929–1945
Julien Galangau 1945–1953
Robert Gazan 1953–1989
François Oms 1989–2001
Christian Nifosi 2001 -

Demography[edit]

The communal demography is marked by a certain stability between 1851 and 1975, fluctuating in a minimum of population of 408 in 1968 and a maximum of 533 in 1891, and alternating between the periods of growth and decline.

In 1975, Villelongue-dels-Monts began to grow. The population more than doubled in 30 years, from 513 inhabitants in 1975 to 1346 in 2006.

This growth is largely related to the growth of the metropolitan area of Perpignan.

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